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42-30311

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 14/5/43; Gore 15/5/43; Love 15/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Gd Isle 30/6/43; Dallas 7/7/43; Kearney 23/7/43; Dow Fd 26/7/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 26/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Tom Hummel, Co-pilot: Mike DoroskiWounded in Action, Navigator: Archie Depew, Bombardier: Norman Brewster, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nelson Gunnar, Radio Operator: Don Meeker, Ball turret gunner: Gordon Williams,Tail gunner: Francis Stafford (8 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Ken O’Connor, Waist gunner: Dick Bowler (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 which caught fire, crashed Schorsheim, nine miles S of Mainz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 681.

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

  • Richard Bowler

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Norman Brewster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Archie Depew

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Doroski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nelson Gunnar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Hummel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Meeker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth O'Connor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Stafford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gordon Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230311. 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 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 681 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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