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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 Memorial Museum, which tells the stories of the base and the men who flew the 100th's B-17s in combat over Germany.

In 2017, Tom Hanks' film production company, Playtone, confirmed its planned TV series about the Eighth Air Force would focus on the 100BG.

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Service

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People

  • Francis Acker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4297845. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • David Ackerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in AC #4338861, Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Alonzo Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423260 'Angel's Tit. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Winston Adkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Amiero

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down during strong fighter attacks and crashed near Quakenbruck, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31731. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • M Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed on take-off at Thorpe Abbotts 29 January 1944. Performing duties of flight engineer on crew.

  • Harry Arant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-17 # 44-8181 on 10 January 1945. From Roger Freeman’s “The B-17 Flying Fortress Story” : “Battle-damaged on return from Cologne / Köln mission 10 January 1945. On return approach crew baled safely, but a/c cr on Thorpe Abbotts bomb dump....

  • R Arthur

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Returning to Thorpe Abbotts, FLAK tore open left side. Flying combat missions at end of war.

  • Howard Aufschlag

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230335. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #423386 'Marie Helena' over Bremen. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 41-2629

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 7/3/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 305BG Grafton Underwood 5/11/42; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW-M] ; Bovingdon 100BG Thorpe Abbotts as station hack & tow target /43; was parked at Thorpe Abbotts when damaged in...

  • 42-102416 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 14/3/44; Grenier 11/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 19/4/44; Missing in Action St Lo, 25/7/44 with Larry Townsend, Co-pilot: Andy Burkhart, Navigator: Arnold Holmes, Bombardier: George Gardner, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-102502

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Politz 25/8/44 with Chas Jennings, Co-pilot: Styrlin Scogin, Navigator: Delmar...

  • 42-102528

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 30/4/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Henry Jespersen, Co-pilot: Bob Atkins, Bombardier: Joe Savino,...

  • 42-102598

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 30/4/44; on return from Merseburg 28/7/44 with Jim Ransom, Co-pilot: Keith Lamb, Navigator: Francis Waldman, Bombardier: Jim Wood, Flight engineer...

  • 42-102611

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-E] Thorpe Abbotts 22/4/44; Missing in Action practice mission 27/6/44 with John Donaldson, Co-pilot: Gail Campbell, Navigator: Gene O’Connell, Bombardier: Hugh...

  • 42-102621

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 27/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; transferred 349BG [XR-P]; battle damaged Merseburg with Bob Chamberlin 29/7/44; Salvaged 8/8/44. VARGA VENUS.

  • 42-102624

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Clarke Johnson, Co-pilot: Ray Lund, Navigator: Tom Tracy, Bombardier: Willard Hahn, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102635

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Martin Hoskinson, Co-pilot: Marvin Apking, Navigator: Joe Silvestro, Bombardier: Norman Robitoy,...

  • 42-102648

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Slated 447BG, Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 21/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob Roeder, Co-pilot: Paul Lammers, Navigator: Claud Robison, Bombardier: Milton...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2017 09:28:17 SavvyGA Changes to description
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Added TV series plans (as of 3/2017).

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 16:35:20 SavvyGA Changes to description
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Punctuation altered

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 13:01:47 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
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Connected aircraft records that have Thorpe Abbotts in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 12:37:38 Lucy May Changes to name and description
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Given Thorpe Abbotts its 'double T' back.

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 11:45:03 usxpat Changes to name
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spelling correction

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).

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