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2nd Lt. Douglas R Venable



  • 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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • Douglas Venable

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Hit and killed by flak that came into the cabin. 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose of B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' Killed in Action (KIA) May 15, 1943 Awards: SS, AM, PH.


  • 42-29673 'Old Bill'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/1/43; Gt Falls 8/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Chelveston 6/4/43; then 422BS [JJ-S]; severe battle damaged Wangerooge 15/5/43 with Capt Bill Whitson, Co-pilot: Harry Holt, Bombardier: Bob Barrall(wia), Flight...


  • 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
20 November 2020 00:52:12 42-29673 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

From scan of photo given to me by Capt. William Whitson pilot of 42-29673 JJ-S Old Bill