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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 100th Bomb Group fly in formation over water on the way to BIG B-BERLIN on March 4, 1944. This photo was taken by S/Sgt Frank Buschmeier , waist gunner on Lt John Gibbons crew flying in Miss Irish.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group in flight.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Buschmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    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. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and...

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Major | Pilot / Squadron Commander
    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. ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

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
07 October 2014 01:33:05 mpfaley Changes to caption and mission associations
Sources

Michael P. Faley-100th Bomb Group Historian, www.100thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 02:00:12 mpfaley Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Michael P. Faley-100th Bomb Group Historian , www.100thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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