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42-39829

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-J] Chelveston 19/10/43; Missing in Action Nancy 27/4/44 with Capt Bob Copley, Co-pilot: Maurice Hayward, Navigator: John Nickel, Bombardier: John Hedlund, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Woodland, Radio Operator: Tom Joyce, Waist gunner: Chas Gast, Waist gunner: Chester Fikes, Tail gunner: Jim Johnson, photos-John Hester (10 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Leigh Kerr (Killed in Action); flak, crashed near Sompuis, 19 miles SE of Chalons-sur-Marne, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4276.

Service

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Copley

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Evaded.

  • Chester Fikes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Gast

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Maurice Hayward

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hedlund

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hester

    Military | Technical Sergeant | PH, Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    27 missions from November 1943 to 27 April 1944 when B-17 # 4239829 was shot down by flak. Spent 4 months in hospital in Reims, France, 2 months at Stalag Luft VI, 4 months at Stalag Luft IV and 3 months at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany. Our regular...

  • Thomas Joyce

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leigh Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4239829. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Nickel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39829, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 27 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 17:23:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4276 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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