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42-30278

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Field 19/6/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-G] Gt Ashfield 20/6/43; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-R] Thorpe Abbotts 9/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Zeb Kendall, Co-pilot: Edwin Loughran, Navigator: Bill Thorpe, Bombardier: Cliff Gowen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Melvin Hickman, Radio Operator: Leman Tutor, Ball turret gunner: Reginaldo Aguila, Waist gunner: Ray Bridges, Waist gunner: Matt Avaon,Tail gunner: Vic Stoffregen (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Gross-Mimmelage, E of Quackenbruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3016. SLY FOX.

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...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Reginaldo Aguila

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Aven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA). POW

  • Raymond Bridges

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Gowen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA). POW

  • Melvin Hickman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA). POW

  • Matthew Jr

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

  • Zeb Kendall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Loughran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA). POW

  • Victor Stoffregen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Thorpe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed E of Qukenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30278 'Sly Fox'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:31:12 hermanns Changes to unit associations
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:19:18 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th Bomb Group website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3016 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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