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305th Bomb Group (H)

 
 
305th Bomb Group (H) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. 305th Bomb Group (H) Marker
Inscription.
The Can Do Group
Chelveston, England
March 1942 - September 1945
480 Combat Missions
2 Medal of Honor 2 Presidential Citations

In honor of all who served with the 305th, we proudly dedicate this memorial to the 787 valiant members who gave their lives to preserve freedom for all

Your Comrades Will Never Forget

 
Location. 32° 6.909′ N, 81° 14.238′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from 175 Bourne Avenue. Click for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Our Beloved Brothers (here, next to this marker); Lazy Daisy (here, next to this marker); In Memory Of...Best Of Friends (a few steps from this marker); Blitzing Betsy (a few steps from this marker); The Duchess (a few steps from this marker); 447th Bomb Group (a few steps from this marker); Base Air Depot No. 2 Station 582 USAAF (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Colonel James A. Verinis (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Pooler.
 
Also see . . .
305th Bomb Group (H) Marker, indicated by white arrow, on Wall of Heroes image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. 305th Bomb Group (H) Marker, indicated by white arrow, on Wall of Heroes
 305th Bombardment Group - Eighth Air Force Historical Society. ... attacked such targets as submarine pens, docks, harbors, shipyards, motor works, and marshalling yards in France, Germany, and the Low Countries. Bombed the navy yards at Wilhelmshaven on 27 Jan 1943 when heavy bombers of Eighth AF made their first penetration into Germany. ... (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Medal of Honors
... Participated in the intensive campaign of heavy bombers against the German aircraft industry during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944. 1st Lt William R Lawley Jr, and 1st Lt Edward S Michael, pilots, each received the Medal of Honor for similar performances on 20 Feb and 11 Apr 1944, respectively; in each case a B-17 was severely damaged by fighters after it had bombed a target in Germany, crew members were wounded, and the pilot himself was critically injured; recovering in time to pull his aircraft out of a steep dive, and realizing that the wounded men would be unable to bail out, each pilot flew his plane back to England and made a successful crash landing. ...
    — Submitted May 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
305th Bomb Group 422 Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
3. 305th Bomb Group 422 Squadron
" Wally's Wagon"

 
Categories. War, World II
 
305th Bomb Group 422 Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
4. 305th Bomb Group 422 Squadron
Night Ops
305th Bomb Group 364 Sq image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
5. 305th Bomb Group 364 Sq
The B-17 X-Virgin Crew
25 Missions 4/17 to 8/17/43
POW  KIA
305th Bomb Group 364 BS image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
6. 305th Bomb Group 364 BS
Jersey-Bill Crew
305th Bomb Group 364 Sq image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
7. 305th Bomb Group 364 Sq
Al Hetland Crew
"Miss Dee Day"
T/Sgt Arnold R. Anderson image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
8. T/Sgt Arnold R. Anderson
Flight Mechanic - 331 Sqd
Royal Norwegian Air Force
305 BG - Chelveston, England
34 Missions
93 BG- Hardwick, England
13 Missions
Waist Gunner-Nose Gunner-Toggelier
305th Bomb Group 1st Lt Wright E Gerke image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
9. 305th Bomb Group 1st Lt Wright E Gerke
Pilot - 366th Bomb Sq KIA
and
Serial # 42-29553 (Arky) - (Missy G)
In Memory Of Her Gallant Crew
305th Bomb Group "Can Do" Banner image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 30, 2013
10. 305th Bomb Group "Can Do" Banner
305th Bomb Group Marker found at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
11. 305th Bomb Group Marker found at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   10. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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