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Enrico Carpini


My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY.

The majority of his missions were on #42-37978 named "Ka-Lang" (the sound that shrapnel made as it hit the fuselage). As best as can be determined, "Ka-Lang" was assigned to another crew on or about 5/13/44, was hit by flak, lost one engine and had only a half hour of fuel remaining. The pilot turned north and landed in Sweden.

This was confirmed by Vivian Rogers-Price, research director at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. I have no reference on which plane my father served on his last two missions on 5/20/44 and 5/22/44.



  • John Schleifer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Missions: 1944 - Jan 4 Kiel; 5 Kiel; Feb 20 Leipzig; 21 Lippstadt; 25 Augsburg; 28 Pas de Calais; Mar 2 Frankfurt; 4 Pas de Calais; 8 Berlin; 16 Augsburg; 18 Augsburg; 22 Berlin; 23 Hamm; 24 Frankfurt; 28 Dijon; Apr 11 Stettin; 19 Kassel; 20 Pas de...

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37978 "Ka-Lang"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 5/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 13/5/44 with Chas Bailey, Co-pilot: Curtis Thomas, Navigator: Thaddeus Borek, Bombardier: Calvin Faragher, Flight engineer/top turret...


  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 238

    28 February 1944
    A combined force of 258 B-17s are despatched from 1st and 3rd Air Divisions to bomb V-Weapon sites around the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission Summary follows> ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

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Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Linden, NJ, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 11:29:35 TomC Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

USAAF military records, info obtained from Vivian Rogers-Price, Ph.D., Research Center Director National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and entries made in my father's personal diary from 1944.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:10 AAM AAM ingest

305th Bomb Group Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia