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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-G] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Floyd MacSpadden, Co-pilot: Jack Noce, Navigator: Daniel Boone, Bombardier: Mo O’Connell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Januszewski, Radio Operator: George Snyder, Ball turret gunner: Lennie Tompkins, Waist gunner: Ralph Hays, Waist gunner: Elvis Rosletti,Tail gunner: Harry Hergesheimer (10INT); no fuel, force landed Dubendorf, Switz. Missing Air Crew Report 1345. MADAME BUTTERFLY; Returned to the USA 15/9/45 (now Confederate AF as KY-D, MADAME BUTTERFLY.



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    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...


  • Daniel Boone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Ralph Hays

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Harry Hergesheimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Joseph Januszewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Floyd MacSpadden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Jack Noce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Maurice O'Connell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 41-24592 'Madame Butterfly' landed in Switzerland 6 September 1943. Interned.

  • Elvio Rosletti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • George Snyder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Lonnie Tompkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

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  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

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    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) and Interned (INT) Switzerland 6 September 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1345 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database