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Phil A Lichty

Military

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Harold Boling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Nick Colaiuta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Robert Coverstone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Ersel Lennier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Touchett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Michel Veraa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Albert Zieglmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 #43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37837 Stag Party

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 28/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 1/1/45 with Robert Wadhams, George Ten Eyck, Jim Howe, Tom Wade, Joe Mead, Claude Hudson (6 Killed in Action); Arnold...

  • 43-38030 My Achin' B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/6/44; Kearney 28/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-E] Chelveston 14/7/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with Phil Lichty, 2Lt Robert Coverstone, 2Lt John L Touchett, 2Lt Michael J Veraa, S/Sgt Albert B...

Missions

  • 685

    22 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mason City, IA 50401, USA 1920
Lived in Kossuth County, IA 1941
Enlisted Des Moines, IA 3 July 1942
Based Thurleigh 1944 – 22 October 1944

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Thurleigh, UK 22 October 1944

Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 23 October 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried LuVerne Cemetery, IA 1948

Re-Interred
LuVerne Cemetery
Lu Verne,
Kossuth County, IA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 18:20:58 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29423380
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952192
https://www.fold3.com/record/84632223-phil-a-lichty
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952192?rec=300670217
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53521366/phil-a-lichty

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 10:16:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Addtional biographical detils from:
- "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 19 "Killed in Action", by Charles D Taylor;
- http://www.findagrave.com;
- http://usaafdata.com/?q=node/163212

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 170.

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