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42-29807

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Alconbury 15/4/43 PATSY ANN; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 5m, transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-O] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Gilze Rijen 19/8/43 with Ralph Miller,Tail gunner: Emil Radosevich (2 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: John Meade, Navigator: Don McGowan, Bombardier: Joe McGinley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bynum Crabtree, Radio Operator: Fulton Horn, Ball turret gunner: Alby Miller, Waist gunner: Bill Crough, Waist gunner: Edgar Loft (8 Killed in Action); flak hit snapped off fuselage aft of radio room, crashed in River Scheldt, four miles E of Flushing, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 304. LADY LIBERTY.

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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Roy Ballard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Burkot

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Bynum Crabtree

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-29807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Crough

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #4229807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earl DeWolf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230817 'Miss Flower III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fulton Horn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-29807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edgar Lott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-29807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph McGinley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-29807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald McGowan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-29807 'Lady Liberty. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 19 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 20:27:32 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 304 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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