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42-107011

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 25/1/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-T] Thorpe Abbotts 7/3/44; on mission to Laon-Athis 8/5/44 with Burdette Williams the ship was hit by bomb from above aircraft which killedTail gunner: Ray Cohen 8/5/44, rest RTD; Missing in Action Politiz 29/5/44 with Burdette Williams, Navigator: Walt Pickett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon TrickerWounded in Action, Radio Operator: Melvin Evans, Ball turret gunner: Larry Boyer, Waist gunner: Elry Yaroch (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ellie Nesmith, Bombardier: Vernon Breazeale, Waist gunner: Willard Goos drowned after bailing out,Tail gunner: Lyle Nord (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Torgau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5237 & 4214. SHINING HOUR.

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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Larry Boyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vernon Breazeale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Melvin Evans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willard Goos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ellie Nesmith

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

  • Lyle Nord

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    WIA. B-17F AC# 42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 AC severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters AC returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham. Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Walter Pickett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gordon Tricker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Burdette Williams

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17G #42-107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elroy Yaroch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107011. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 29 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2015 23:02:02 Adaero Changes to markings
Sources

Douglas Yaroch- son of crew member T-Sgt Elroy A Yaroch

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2015 23:00:38 Adaero Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Douglas Yaroch- son of crew member T- Sgt. Elroy A Yaroch, Shining Hour

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5237 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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