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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-E] Thorpe Abbotts 22/4/44; Missing in Action practice mission 27/6/44 with John Donaldson, Co-pilot: Gail Campbell, Navigator: Gene O’Connell, Bombardier: Hugh McKeniff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Cain, Radio Operator: Stan Sider, Ball turret gunner: Jose Trujillo, Waist gunner: Bill Couch, Waist gunner: Dave Gustafson,Tail gunner: Arthur Myers (10 Killed in Service); no trace, crashed North Sea ?; Missing Air Crew Report 6993. BOSS LADY.



  • 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...


  • Warren Cain

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

  • Gail Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group

  • Billy Couch

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • John Donaldson

    Military | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group

  • Dale Gustafson

    Military | Corporal | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) - crashed into Channel during practice mission. No trace of crew ever found.

  • Hugh Keniff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group

  • Gene O'Connell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group

  • Stanley Sider

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group

  • Jose Trujillo

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Yers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group


  • 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) England 27 June 1944


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6993 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database