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Harold W Shroka


Shot down 6-Dec-1942 in B-17F 41-24453 'Cherry' while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA)



  • William Prentice

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 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


  • 41-24475

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 16/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; Salvaged 5/12/43. OLD FAITHFUL.

  • 41-24553 Cherry

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    41-24553 was assigned to Syracuse 16-Sep-42;Presque Isle 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Assigned 422nd BS305th BG. CHERRY ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio
Killed in Action (KIA) Lille, France 6 December 1942

Shot down by enemy aircraft, remained in the aircraft when it crashed.

Buried Lille, France 12 December 1942

Buried in the Southern Cemetery of Lille, France. Exact location in this cemetery is unknown.


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2020 20:21:58 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Correctd again the connection to A/C 41-24553.

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2020 20:14:06 jmoore43 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Added a connection to the A/C 41-24453 mentioned in the description. Added a connection to the A/C pilot, Lt William A. Prentice.

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2014 19:09:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database