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Francis Acker

Military

Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4297845. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-97845

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN- ] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Jim Geary, Co-pilot: Maj Maurice Fitzgerald, Navigator: Dort Payne, Bombardier: Edwin Stern, Flight...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dialville, Texas, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5151 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Thompson, MACR 5151

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