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Hershel L McCoy


Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed Originally flew with the 482nd BG as member of Plymale's crew


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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38973

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/10/44; Dow Fd 1/11/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 5/12/44; ex-Kassel 15/12/44 with Finis Harris, John Griffin, R.L. Mason, Laverne Ridge, Herschel McCoy, Cliff Melton, Robert L Burry, Willie Barnes, Charles Nordland (9 Killed...

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
Born Lorado, West Virginia 4 November 1904
Died 15 December 1944

Plot F, Row 6, Grave 124


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 09:51:29 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2017 21:55:37 becsay Changes to firstname

Headstone. Cambridge American Military Cemetery.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:01 AAM AAM ingest

305th BG anthology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia