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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 30/4/44 LADY FORTUNE; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-Y] 1/5/44; 82m, Missing in Action Cologne 10/1/45 with Roger Rand, Navigator: Irving Plinskin, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bright (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Setterfield, Bombardier: Chas Mullins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Adcock, Radio Operator: Elbert Everett, Waist gunner: George Mason,Tail gunner: Clyde Bell (6 Killed in Action); #2 engine on fire, crashed Okoven, Ger ?. Missing Air Crew Report 11743. CARMEN'S FOLLY aka LADY FORTUNE.



  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • Ernest Adcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Okoven in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #42-97858.

  • Clyde Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Okoven in B-17 'Lady Fortune' 42-97858.

  • Robert Bright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Okoven on 10 Jan 45 in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #42-97858, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elbert Everett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Okoven in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #42-97858, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mark Gilles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions between May 7, 1944 and September 3, 1944 ...

  • George Mason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Okoven in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #4297858

  • Charles Mullins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Charles was killed before he could parachute to safety as the aircraft exploded; he stayed behind, after the remaining crew exited the aircraft, to destroy the Nordan bomb site (to prevent it from falling into German hands)

  • Irving Plinskin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Okoven on 10 Jan 45 in B-17 :Lady Fortune' #4297858

  • Roger Rand

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    At age 20, flew 23 missions. Shot down 10 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW). in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #42-97858. Plane blew up at 11,000 feet. Nobody bailed, but 3 of us survived. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 3A for 4 1/2 months. Navigator E....

  • William Setterfield

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Okoven in B-17 'Lady Fortune #4297858

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  • 789

    10 January 1945


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Germany 10 January 1945 – 10 January 1945

Missing in Action Cologne 10/1/45. #2 engine on fire, crashed Okoven, Germany. (3 x POW, 6 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR11743.


Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 11:56:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 19:46:42 willelmore Changes to nicknames


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11743 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database