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"Frances Langford, Bob Hope and Tony Romano pose with the crew of the Boeing B-17 (A/C 242) of the 305th Bomb Group at Station 105 in England. 5 July 1943."

L to R: Pilot Lt Sam Johnstone, Co Pilot Lt Elsworth H Kenyon, Nav Lt Martin J Licursi, Ball Turret Sgt Arthur Englehardt, Frances Langford, Bob Hope, Eng Sgt Donald Baer, Waist Sgt Richard W Lewis, Tail Sgt Homer M Bagby.



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • Homer Bagby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Englehardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. ...

  • Bob Hope

    Bob Hope is an Anglo-American Comedian. He embarked on USO Tours 1941 to entertain the troops and continued to perform for the USO in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and the Persian Gulf War until 1991. During the Second World War he toured Army...

  • Samuel Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Frances Langford

    From 1941, Langford was a regular singer on Bob Hope's The Pepsodent Show[3] when he held his first military entertainment program at March Field in Riverside, California in 1941. The show was so positive, he continued broadcasting from training bases...

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Left Waist Gunner
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30242 'Lallah-V III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Martin Licursi

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17 42-30004 which ditched in English channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Tony Romano

    Guitarist who toured with the USO during World War II.


  • 42-30242 Lallah-V III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 10/6/43; fitted with H2S equipment in trials at Burtonwood, UK; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ellsworth Kenyon, Co-pilot:...


Date Contributor Update
06 October 2018 08:58:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations