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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Hamilton 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 22/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Ron Braley, Co-pilot: Walt Trenchard{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: John Fawcett, Bombardier: Tom Carlton, Radio Operator: Joe McGuire, Ball turret gunner: Don Ruggles, Waist gunner: Chas Grissom{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Elmo White{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Phil Ong{Wounded in Action} (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Blair (Killed in Action); flak hit #1 and tail, crashed Pulferingen, 20 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 679. TWEEDLE-O-TWILL.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Blair

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ronald Braley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Carlton

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Fawcett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Grissen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Guire

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • Phil Ong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Ruggles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Trenchard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Aircraft shot down returning from the Regensburg bombing mission. ( It was Lt. Trenchard's 13th combat mission) he parachuted into enemy territory and broke his ankle...

  • Elmo White

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230070 'Tweedle-O-Twill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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

  • 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
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 679 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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