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. That is Lt Montgomery A/C with the T id on the tail.
IWM catalogue record
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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 100th Bomb Group fly in formation over water.
"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 | 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...
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.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-D] Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44; battle damaged flak, Mimoyecques, Fr. 19/3/44 with John Gibbons, Co-pilot: Bob Dykeman, Navigator: Everett Johnson, Bombardier: Sterling...
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...
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...