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A plaque at Thorpe Abbotts, home of the 100th Bomb Group, dedicated to the 13th Combat Wing. Image by Roland E "Lefty" Nairn of the 95th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'The 100th BG Control Tower plaque, Thorpe Abbotts, Eng. I took this just prior to leaving the Horham area. Unfortunately 2 shots of the restored tower were lost when I unfortunately removed my film from my tired old 35mm Pentex camera. Lefty. P.S. We frequently flew with the 100th Bomb Group since they and the 390BG made up the 13th Wing..'
"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...
The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier
Staff Sergeant Roland Nairn flew as a togglier in B-17 bomber crews of the 95th Bomb Group. The job of the togglier was to arm and release the bombs over the intended target on each mission.
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...