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42-30035

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 4/5/43; Hill 11/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG 3/43; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43; Missing in Action Paris 3/9/43 with Charles Winkleman, Co-pilot: Ralph Smith, Navigator: Bill Booth, Bombardier: Howard Harris, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Combs, Waist gunner: Mike D’Arcy, Waist gunner: Alf Zeoli (7 evaded capture), Radio Operator: Jean Ray, Ball turret gunner: Tom Cuccaro (2 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Ennis Bankhead (Killed in Action) when hit by two 100th ships’ debris following a mid-air collision when climbing, crashed France; No MACR.
PASADENA NENA aka TORCHY.

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

  • Ennis Bankhead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Booth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Evaded.

  • Thomas Combs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Evaded.

  • Thomas Cuccaro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Darcy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' stayed 2 1/2 mos in France helped by Underground Evaded. Picked up in Spain and kept for 12 days then released and went back to England

  • Jean Ray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230035 'Torchy. ' Evaded.

  • Charles Winkelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30035 'Torchy. ' Evaded.

  • Alfred Zeoli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30035 'Torchy', 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

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Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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