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42-102611

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.

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

  • Warren Cain

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Gail Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Billy Couch

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to...

  • John Donaldson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Dale Gustafson

    Military | Corporal | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Hugh McKeniff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Arthur Myers

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Gene O'Connell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Stanley Siders

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

  • Jose Trujillo

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993. ...

Places

  • 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) England 27 June 1944

Revisions

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

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

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