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42-30089

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/43; Gore 13/4/43; Kearney 22/4/43; Denver 30/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 15/5/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-K] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Paris 3/9/43 with Rich King, Co-pilot: George Brykalski, Radio Operator: Bob McNight, Ball turret gunner: Rudie Harms, Waist gunner: Don Wise (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ernie Anderson, Bombardier: Ed Hovde{lost left leg at the hip}, Waist gunner: Jim Sides,Tail gunner: Heber Hogge (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Trafford Curry (evaded capture); flak hits in bomb bay and navigator’s compartment, crashed Beaumont, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 684. SUNNY.

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

  • Ernest Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Brykalski

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Trafford Curry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Evaded.

  • Rudolph Harms

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

  • Heber Hogge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30089 'Sunny', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Hovde

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard King

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Body was not found for

  • Robert Night

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • James Sides

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    First mission to Trundheim, Norway 24 Nov 1945. Through Paris 3 Sept 1943.

  • Donald Wise

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4230089 'Sunny. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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 3 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 684 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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