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42-102528

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 30/4/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Henry Jespersen, Co-pilot: Bob Atkins, Bombardier: Joe Savino, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Kostoulakos, Waist gunner: John Legg (5 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Burton Seeley, Radio Operator: Frank Gronkowski, Ball turret gunner: Frank Fischer, Waist gunner: Tom Kiriako,Tail gunner: John Durrenberger (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Berkenthin, eight miles W of Ratzeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5169. TIMES A-WASTIN'.

Service

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Durrenberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Fischer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Gronkowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Henry Jespersen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Kiriako

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Kostoulakos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • John Legg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Savino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Burton Seely

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102528 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5169 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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