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42-102648

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Slated 447BG, Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 21/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob Roeder, Co-pilot: Paul Lammers, Navigator: Claud Robison, Bombardier: Milton Grabel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wade Eason, Radio Operator: Frank Goldstein (6 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Natham McElroy{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Fred Cebalo{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Bill Poklemba{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Tony Lombardi (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Suelfeld, near Kaltenkirchen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5172. BTO of ETO.

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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Fred Cebalo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wade Easom

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Nathan Elroy

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

  • Frank Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Milton Grabel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Paul Lammers

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Anthony Lombardi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Poklemba

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Claud Robison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Roeder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102648. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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) Germany 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5172 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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