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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 30/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-M] Thorpe Abbotts 13/10/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Ed Gwin, Bill Danielson, Ray Uhler, John Disher (4 Killed in Action); Don Reichel, Bob Landino, Dave Ackerman, Herb Hamann, Norman Heilbuth, Joe Griego (6 Prisoner of War);

The aircraft was hit by Me 262 jet enemy aircraft and KO’d two engines, tail broke off and crashed Gage, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13144. SWEET NANCY II.



  • 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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • David Ackerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in AC #43-38861, Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Danielson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gage in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861

  • John Disher

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Controller | 100th Bomb Group
    Served as Ball Turret Gunner when shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Slighly injured in the ditching, returned to base like the other nine men on board who were rescued by a French boat. Flew a total of 25...

  • Joseph Griego

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in A/C #43-38861. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Gwin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gage in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861

  • Herbert Hamann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Gage on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861. 31 missions. Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster. EAME Medal with 4 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal

  • Norman Heilbuth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in A/C #43-38861. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Landino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in A/C #43-38861. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Reichel

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in A/C #43-38861. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Uhler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gage in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861.


  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 18 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
15 February 2020 21:15:57 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13144 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database