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Harris Leroy Cornell

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Pilot of B-17G #42-31544 Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

Crew: co-pilot - Donald M Eddy, NAV: Leo D Hartmann (KIA) BOMB: George A Meyer ENGR/TT: Darwin A Gidel RADIO: Robert C Sage B/T: Peter Wolak RT/W: Darius A Logan LT/W John D Ketterman TAIL: Clelland E Martinson.

Cornell was held in Stalag Luft III, released on 29 May 1945 and repatriated.

While flying at Dayton, Ohio on a routine flight on 25 June 1946, Cornell's plane struck a tree and he was killed instantly. He is buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Allegheny, PA, USA.

Service

People

  • Harold Coyne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Eddy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • Darwin Gidel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Hartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Kane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 Combat Missions out of England. One of two to return from Schweinfurt 14 October 1943. At times flew Group, Squadron and Wing Lead. Was in the Air Force for 10 yrs and 30 yrs as an airline pilot. Discharged from Travis AFB, 1950. ...

  • John Kettman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Manning Lawrence

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Manning Lee Lawrence born 03 July 1921, Burbank CA. Earned his wings as a bombardier in class 42-17 in Victorville AAF 12 December 1942 (photograph from the Class book). ...

  • Lee Lockwood

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Darius Logan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-29690 Old Faithful

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Syracuse 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/7/43; severe battle damaged Warnemunde 29/7/43 with crew? (P)...

  • 42-30018 OLD COFFINS

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 423BS/381BG [VE-L] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co-pilot: Bill Crowley, Navigator: Jack Wemmer, Bombardier: Jim Nance, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-30645

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/43; Kearney 24/7/43; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bob Jackman, Co-pilot: Henry Thayer, Navigator: Jesse Seeley, Bombardier: Bob Tank, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-31544

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Seattle 23/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Romulus 14/12/43; Presque Is 17/12/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG Chelveston 21/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 24/3/44 with Harry Cornell, Co-pilot: Don Eddy, Bombardier: George Meyer,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

Events

Event Location Date
Born McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA 20 May 1919

Birth record. Grave record

Born
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 March 1944 – 29 May 1945

Post War POW repatriation record

Died Dayton, Ohio, USA 25 June 1946

Form 2 Compensation claim signed by widow 19 May 1950
Killed in aircraft crash
Buried Mount Vernon Cemetery, Allegheny, PA, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2021 13:32:10 Moi Watson Changes to firstname and nickname
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MMW Amend

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14 April 2021 09:24:42 Moi Watson Changes to events
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Grave record

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14 April 2021 09:21:55 Moi Watson Changes to biography
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305th Bomb Group Anthology - crew list
Pittsburgh Press newspaper report 26 June 1946 - death report
Gravesite website record.

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14 April 2021 09:02:09 Moi Watson Changes to events
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Article in Pittsburg Press newspaper 26 June 1946. Copy attached to record.

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14 April 2021 08:59:18 Moi Watson Changes to events
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Post War POW repatriation record

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14 April 2021 08:57:55 Moi Watson Changes to events
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Birth and grave records (via.ancestry.com)

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14 April 2021 08:56:40 Moi Watson Changes to person associations
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MMW research.

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13 April 2021 17:12:19 Moi Watson Changes to person associations
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MMW research

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Crew List

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MMW research

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MMW research

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Pittsburgh Press report 26 Jun 46

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23 May 2019 03:55:12 CHARLIE B Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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AFF Archives

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23 May 2019 03:42:18 CHARLIE B Changes to person associations
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AAF Archives

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27 September 2014 18:12:25 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3537 / MACR 3537, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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