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Buffalo Evening News photo about the St. Nazaire raid on 28.06.43. Featuring Lt. Frank R. Spitznagel, 305th BG, 364th Squadron. Lt. Dave Cox; Lt. Robert Metcalf



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29633 SpitzFire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H/J/N/D] Chelveston 4/3/43. Completed missions as "Spitz Fire" under command of Lt. Frank R. Spitznagel Jr. until 8/19/43; transferred 381BG Ridgewell 11/9/43 1m; 526BS/379BG [LF-U]...


  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 17:47:13 Despitz Changes to collection

Doug Spitznagel

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 01:37:54 Despitz Changes to place associations

by Doug Spitznagel 11-15-16

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 01:37:53 Despitz Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

by Doug Spitznagel 11-15-16