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B-17G 43-38014 of the 305th BG, 422nd Sqd. was hit over Merseburg, Germany by flak. Radio operator reported smoke coming into the cabin but the source was not found. After safely landing and debriefing, ground crew called the aircrew over to show them flak damage above. Shrapnel had hit the wing and was smoldering near the wing fuel tanks, fortunately the fuel did not catch fire or explode. Photo taken by 2nd Lt. Don Muckerman, Navigator on this aircraft. Mission 623



  • 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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • Donald Muckerman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


  • 43-38014 "Naughty Virgin"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/6/44; Kearney 29/6/44; Grenier 9/7/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 12/7/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with Roy McCaldin, Navigator: Lyman Clark, togg-Bill King, Radio Operator: John Powers, Ball turret gunner: Union Melton...


  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.


Date Contributor Update
16 April 2019 01:15:07 terveurn Changes to caption and aircraft associations

from group records

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2019 04:03:49 richmu88 Changes to caption and mission associations

Donald Muckerman's personal records

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2019 03:44:12 richmu88 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Donald Muckerman's personal photos.