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42-30051

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 15/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 23/5/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP- ] Thorpe Abbotts 1/6/43; Missing in Action La Pallice 4/7/43 with Bob Pearson, Co-pilot: Melville Boyd{broke arm], Navigator: Bruce Rinker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Goss, Radio Operator: Randall Villa, Ball turret gunner: Everett Moore, Waist gunner: John Westwood, Waist gunner: Lorrie Rutledge,Tail gunner: Albt Purcell (9 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: John Dunbar (evaded capture); ship lost power on two engines, and a third shot out by Me 109, crashed three miles W of La Pallice, near Isle D'Orlean, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 685. NEVADA WILDCAT.

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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Melville Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30051, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Dunbar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Evaded (EVD). Successfully repatriated via RAF from Gibraltar to Prestwick, Scotland on 08 Aug 1942.

  • Jack Goss

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Pearson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 04-Jul-43 in B-17 #42-30051. POW

  • Albert Purcell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bruce Rinker

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lorrie Rutledge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Randall Villa

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Westwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4230051. 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) France 4 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 272 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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