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41-24601

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-P] Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action on 13-Jan-43 mission to bomb the Atclier D'Hellemes railroad factory at Lille, France. Took a direct hit by flak over the target and then was attacked and shot down by enemy aircraft of II/JG26, crashed near Pollinkhove, Belgium. 10KIA MACR 15639.

P 1Lt Conrad J. Hilbinger (KIA);
CP 2Lt Robert M. Anderson (KIA);
N 2Lt John J. Kelliher (KIA);
B 2Lt Arthur P. Halbrooks (KIA);
E/TTG SSgt Vane H. Brown (KIA);
RO SSgt Joseph B. Anderson (KIA);
BTG SSgt Hugh G. Erwin (KIA);
WG Sgt John C. Parise (KIA);
WG SSgt Robert S. Dickson (KIA);
TG Sgt James A. Boyette (KIA).

Missing Air Crew Report 15639.

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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft took a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and crashed near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft took a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and then crashed later near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Boyette

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24601 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft took a direct flak hit at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Vane Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B17F 41-24601 serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft took a direct flak hit at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. All killed.

  • Robert Dickson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Aircraft took a direct flak hit at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hugh Erwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft took a direct flak hit at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Halbrooks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft took a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and crashed near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Conrad Hilbinger

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17 41-24601 while serving as Pilot. Aircraft sustained a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and then crashed near lo, Belgium Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Kelliher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jan-43 in B17F 41-24601 while serving as Navigator. Aircraft took a direct flak hit from flak at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. All killed.

  • John Parise

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601. Aircraft took a direct flak hit at Lille France. Crashed in meadow near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

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...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Pollinkhove, 8647 Lo-Reninge, Belgium 13 January 1943

Sustained a direct hit by flak over the target of Lillie, France then attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed near Pollinkhove, Belgium.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 20:20:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Added markings per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint and Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added description and map location to FTR event per "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; converted dates in Description to military-style signification, added target information per "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition to crew members per MACR 15639, formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15639 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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