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Hugh Gustavus Ashcraft Jr

Military

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot - B-17 41-24617 'Southern Comfort' crash landed; Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. The crew bailed out over Essex. TTG was lost as he slipped out of his parachute. RTD.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Ray Armstrong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Ball Turret Gunner - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD.

  • Frank Corser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist Gunner - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD.

  • Douglas Glover

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Radio Operator - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD. He stayed in the Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Col. with 30 years service.

  • Stephen Gogolya

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 31-Mar-43 on returning from mission in B-17 41-24617 'Southern Comfort' when the A/C crashed. The crew bailed out over Essex. SSgt Gogolya was lost when he slipped out of his parachute. Awards: DFC, PH.

  • Frank Hilsabeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Frank was inducted into the USAAC on 8-Jan-42 and entered the war, stationed in Chelveston, England, where he flew out of the base as a tail-gunner on a B-17 Bomber. Having completed his 25 missions in June 1943....

  • William Lakey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot to Hugh Ashcraft.

  • James Moberly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Patterson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist Gunner - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD.

  • Bert Wells

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator - B-17 41-24617 Fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31-3-43. Baled out over England. RTD.

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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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24617 'Southern Comfort'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-J] Presque 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; fire & severe battle damaged over Rotterdam shipyards 31/3/43 with Hugh Ashcraft, Co-pilot: Bill Lakey, Navigator: Bert Wells, Bombardier: Jim Moberley, Radio Operator: Doug...

  • 42-49319

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Charlotte, NC 29 January 1919

Son of Hugh Gustavus Sr and Nell [Hough] Ashcraft.

Enlisted Charlotte, NC 12 July 1941

Charlotte, North Carolina

Based Chelveston 1943 – 1943

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Charlotte, NC 18 April 1986
Buried Elmwood Cemetery Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC 21 April 1986

Elmwood Cemetery
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 15:51:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/297662547
https://www.fold3.com/image/183204828
https://www.fold3.com/record/83977751/hugh-g-ashcraft-jr-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.fold3.com/record/621181399/hugh-ashcraft-1919-veterans-affai...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68630001/hugh-gustavus-ashcraft
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/206297319/hugh-gustavus-ashcraft

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2021 19:07:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 17:49:38 hugh3 Changes to media associations
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Submitted by Hugh G. Ashcraft, III on Feb. 10, 2018

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 17:32:19 hugh3 Changes to highest rank
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Submitted by Hugh G. Ashcraft, III on Feb. 10, 2018

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 17:31:17 hugh3 Changes to surname
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Submitted by Hugh G. Ashcraft, III on Feb. 10, 2018

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94

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