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42-29531

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 8/4/43; Lost St Nazaire 29/5/43. Pilot, Marshall Peterson, POW. Co-pilot, Harold E. Bentz. Navigator, Larry Mandleberg, POW. Bombardier, Frank R. Perrica, Evaded. Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Hilton Hilliard, POW. Radio Operator, John Freeborn, POW. Ball turret gunner, Pete Milasius, Evaded. Waist gunner, George P Smith, POW. Tail gunner, Sal Tafolya, Evaded. Waist gunner, Percy C Matthews, Missing in Action. Flak hit, aircraft broke in two, crashed Saint-Bihy, 12 miles SW of St Brieuc, Fr. No MACR.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Harold Bentz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531 on 9th mission over German-occupied France while bombing submarine pens on the coast. All 10 crew members bailed out. Two Killed in Action (KIA) as their chutes failed to open. Six were captured. One escaped to...

  • John Freeborn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531. Result unknown.

  • Hilton Hilliard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531. Result unknown.

  • Lawrence Mandelberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29531. POW

  • Percy Mathews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born: 1918, Crenshaw Co., Alabama ...

  • Peter Milasius

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531. Result unknown.

  • Frank Perrica

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531. Result unknown.

  • Marshall Peterson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229531. Released from POW camp when Patton's units overran camp. Was career Air Force, retired as Colonel in 1972. I'll (I'm his son) add more detail later.

  • George Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29531. Mentioned in the MIS-X report of Lt Frank Perrica as evading with S/Sgt Peter Milasius.

  • Salvadore Tafolya

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 42-29531. Result unknown.

Places

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2021 15:04:55 saingraham Changes to description
Sources

singraham per request from son of Harold E. Bentz, Doug Bentz. His name was Harold not Harry.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 16:58:30 Lulu Changes to description
Sources

Typo corrected

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 16:32:03 Lulu Changes to description
Sources

NARA, POW database: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-description.jsp?s=644&cat=all&bc=sd

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 01:33:26 Lulu Changes to description
Sources

Typo corrected

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 01:31:08 Lulu Changes to description
Sources

EE-64. NARA

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 01:21:49 Lulu Changes to description
Sources

MIS-X reports, Escape & Evasion reports. EE-64, EE-72, EE-73. NARA.
ABMC, Percy C Mathews.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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