A B-17G Flying Fortress (LN-B, serial number 44-6089 "LEADING LADY" ) of the 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group. Lost on the September 11, 1944 Ruhland Mission where the 100th BG lost 12 A/C. Leading Lady was lost with the crew of Capt. Lawrence Riegel. 6 KIA, 3-POW
IWM catalogue record
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A B-17G Flying Fortress (LN-B, serial number 44-6089) of the 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb 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...
Military | Captain | Pilot
Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schuiedeberg in B-17 #446089
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 28/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-B] Thorpe Abbotts 23/5/44; transferred 418BS [LD-B]; Missing in Action Bohlen 11/9/44 with Larry Riegel, Co-pilot: Joe Johnston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin...
11 September 1944
Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.
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...