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42-30063

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/6/43 PADDLEFOOT; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-S] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Capt Bob Knox, Co-pilot: John Whitaker, Ball turret gunner: Frank Tychewicz, Waist gunner: Alex Markowski, Waist gunner: Joe LaSpada,Tail gunner: Henry Norton (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Ernie Warsaw, Navigator: Edwin Tobin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Glover Barney, Radio Operator: Walt Paulsen (4 Prisoner of War); Me 110s KO’d one engine then ship lost another before a wing snapped off, crashed Schmalgraf, five miles N of Eupen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 677. PICKLEPUSS.

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

  • Glover Barney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Knox

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Markowski

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Norton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Paulsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Spada

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Tobin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Tychewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ernest Warsaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Whitaker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230063 'Picklepuss. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Places

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • 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 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 22:52:20 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added nickname per the description.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 677 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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