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42-30091

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 9/4/43; Gore 10/4/43; Denver 27/4/43; with Bill Stenson force landed Tinker, Ok 1/5/43; Gt Falls 25/5/43; Assigned 25FS/7FG with Bill Stenson force landed Tinker, OK 30/4/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-S] Thorpe Abbotts 17/6/43; damaged in base explosion at Gt Ashfield 3/9/43; crash landed Eye, Sfk. UK, 21/4/44, on training flight with Myron Richmond (all of 349BS), Co-pilot: John Kenney, Navigator: Gus Horstmann, Bombardier: Bob Keagy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester Cutler, Radio Operator: Walter George, Ball turret gunner: Chas Lewis, Waist gunner: John Johnson, Waist gunner: Cornelius Robinson,Tail gunner: Ray Lilly (10 Killed in Service); mission abandoned and ship suddenly dived to crash on butts of Eye Afd, Sfk., beside A140 Ipswich-Norwich Rd; Salvaged 5/5/44. BLIVIT.

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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron
  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lester Cutler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • Walter George

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • Mark Gummersall

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    On 12 May 1944, Gummersall was the Command Pilot for the mission to Brux.

  • Reginald Holliday

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, thereafter Flight Control Officer | 100th Bomb Group
    Reg Holliday served as a co-pilot with the 418th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Thorpe Abbotts, England, Dec. 1943-May 1944. Upon completion of his combat service he was trained for Flight Control Officer duty and was assigned...

  • August Horstmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • John Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Keagy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • John Kenney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • Charles Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

  • Raymond Lilly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed on practice mission in B-17 #42-30091, crashed on air base at Eye

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Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • 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
Damaged in base explosion Great Ashfield, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 3HE, UK 3 September 1943
Crashed Eye, UK 21 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2018 19:55:49 Randyhol Changes to production block number
Sources

Correction of typo.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2018 19:55:17 Randyhol Changes to production block number, manufacturer and person associations
Sources

Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reg. C. Holliday, 100th BG, 418th BS, flew as co-pilot, crew of Lt. Mark Gummersall, on Blivit. Missions flown during period of Dec. 1943-Feb. 1944.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 16:40:51 Lucy May Changes to events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen and units from biographical information.

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2016 21:18:25 Randyhol Changes to nicknames
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Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reg C. Holliday

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2016 21:16:38 Randyhol Changes to media associations
Sources

Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reg C. Holliday

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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