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B-17 'Squawkin' Hawk' crew memorabilia.

Connections

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

People

  • Peter Delao

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    SWA in B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk' over Stuttgart, Sept. 6, 1943. Pilot was Capt. Sumner Reeder. ...

  • Francis Dolsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner
    Francis Dolsen was Assistant Radio Operator on his 14th mission. On that mission, November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped,...

  • Harry Edeburn

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Mortally wounded by 20mm cannon shell, despite wound, attempted on several occasions to assist pilot Lt Sumner Reeder with control of B-17 #42-5957 6-Sep-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Russell Engel

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    WIA in B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk' 6 Sept 1943. Pilot was Sumner Reeder.

  • William Flesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II", pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Orrin Furlong

    Military | Master Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (LANDED RAF BASE WITH REEDER CREW). REC

  • George Gineikis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Omar Gonzales

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • John Gossage

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Shot down 24 September 1943 on a practice flight in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. 5 Killed In Action; 5 rescued, Gossage among them - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 778. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B...

  • Sumner Reeder

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Reeder was the pilot of U.S. Army Air Corps C-54A Skymaster #42-72264 that crashed off shore of West Florida on 19 March 1945. Killed in service. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2018 08:20:37 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

My photo, taken 7 October 2018.

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