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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Westover 3/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 23/5/43; Dow Fd 22/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Don Oakes, Co-pilot: Joe Harper, Navigator: Hiram Harris, Bombardier: Lloyd Hammarlund, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Elder, Radio Operator: Jim Scott, Ball turret gunner: Les Nadeau, Waist gunner: Vince McGrath, Waist gunner: Nolan Stevens,Tail gunner: Leon Goyer (10INT); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, then #2 lost oil pressure and crash landed Dubendorf, near Zurich, Switz, where it was dismantled and taken to Kloten for storage, was eventually scrapped (1st US aircraft interned); Missing Air Crew Report 683. HIGH LIFE.

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

  • George Elder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Leonard Goyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Vincent Grath

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Harper

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Hiram Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group

  • James Jr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group

  • Vincent McGrath

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Leslie Nadeau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Donald Oakes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

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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
14 October 2018 09:19:53 apollo11 Changes to nicknames
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 683 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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