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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/4/43; Smoky Hill 27/4/43; Dow Field 19/5/43; Presque Is 20/5/43; Geiger 26/5/43; Presque Is 28/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-M] Thorpe Abbotts 5/6/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Ed Stork, Co-pilot: John Minerich, Bombardier: Art Twitchell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Willey, Ball turret gunner: Paul Caveny, Waist gunner: Doug Brown, Waist gunner: Gordon Shields,Tail gunner: Ira Turner (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John Gibbons, Radio Operator: Stefan Palmer (2 Killed in Action); flak set aircraft ablaze, crashed Amelsbeuren, three miles S of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1022. HORNY aka FOREVER YOURS II.

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

  • Douglas Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Caveny

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group

  • John Jr

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

  • Stefan Palmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gordon Shields

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Stork

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ira Turner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Willey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230023 'Forever Yours. ' 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 12:43:13 apollo11 Changes to nicknames and place associations
Sources

Information gathered after visiting the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1022 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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