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42-31611

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 23/12/43; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; 366BS/305BG [KY-U] Chelveston 29/1/44; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 11/5/44 with Capt Marion Holbrook, Co-pilot: Don Wendt, Navigator: Alf Hills, Ex/n-Mortimer Greenwald, Bombardier: Frank Murphy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Mitchie, Radio Operator: Joe Fitch, Ball turret gunner: Bill Lewis, Waist gunner: Ted McCormic, Waist gunner: Ken Zirkle (10 Prisoner of War); Tail gunner: Calvin Ferrari (KIA-shot by civilian after baling out to land in tree); flak, crashed Hagondange, nine miles N of Metz, Fr.; Missing Air Crew Report 4870.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Calvin Ferrari

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611; shot down by flak, crashed Hagondange, France. Bialed out un-wounded, landed in trees canopy, shot by civilian in the forearm and stomach. Died of wounds next day...

  • Joseph Fitch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mortimer Greenwald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Hills

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marion Holbrook

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theodore McCormic

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Michie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken in B-17 42-31611 11-May-44; Shot down by flak crashed Hagondange, France. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Wendt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Saarbrucken; Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-31611. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4870 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 351

    11 May 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 28 November 1943

Delivered Denver 28-Nov-43.

Assigned Chelveston, UK 29 January 1944

Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Hagondange, France 11 May 1944 – 11 May 1944

Failed to Ruturn (FTR) Saarbrucken 11-May-44; flak crashed Hagondange, FR 10 x POW, 1 x KIA MACR 4870

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 20:37:52 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Freeman; ...Story.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 20:11:15 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2019 12:35:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28642031

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4870 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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