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42-31767

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner (N.Ire) 16/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-E] Thorpe Abbotts 17/1/44; transferred 482BG Alconbury 20/5/45; 100+m, Returned to the USA 5/45; 121 BU Bradley 31/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45. OUR GAL SAL.

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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Stanley Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Member of Wallish Crew on 'Our Gal Sal'

  • Don Blair

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    1 MAY 44 ST OMER, FRANCE. CPT

  • William Eresman

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    1 MAY 44 ST OMER. CPT

  • Angelo Genevese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    BELIEVE TRANSFERRED OUT OF THE 100TH. NOC

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Major | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, FR and made an emergency landing at Rayson after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 Mar 1944. RTD. ...

  • Donald Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Flew 20 missions DFC; Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME Medal

  • Raymond Hanson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    DATE & MISSION UNK. CPT

  • Glenn Hudson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    1, MAY 44, ST OMER. CPT

  • John Krebs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Member of Wallish Crew on 'Our Gal Sal'

  • F Kruczynsky

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    LAST CREW TO FLY "OUR GAL SAL" ON COMBAT MISSION. FEH

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 12 December 1843
Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk IP21, UK 17 January 1944

100th BG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 02:33:00 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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