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43-38457

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 15/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN- ] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with Bill McNab, Co-pilot: Nelson Vaughn, Henry Ethridge, Duane Rench, Francis Seyfried (5 Killed in Action); Jack Berkowitz, Ray Comer, Joe Chadwick, Ball turret gunner: Ed Woodall (4 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-31987 (100BG) which came up to fill a gap in the formation after another ship went down, both aircraft were locked together and crashed Rustringen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11359. NINE LIVES.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31987 'Shilaylee' 'The Little Skipper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington,...

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Units

  • 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

People

  • Jack Berkowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Chadwick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Comer

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Ethridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. ...

  • William Macnab

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Suffered mid air collision with B-17 42-31987 and killed either in initial collision or resultant crash, as both A/C became locked together. Crashed Rustringen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8174/11550. ...

  • Duane Rench

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Francis Seyfried

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven. Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 bailed out over North sea. Killed in Action (KIA). 31-Dec-44 MACR 11359. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Nelson Vaughan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelshaven, mid air collision with B-17 42-31987 near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457, A/C became locked together crashed Rustringen, Germany. Killed in Action ...

  • Edward Woodall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 43-38457 Baled out over North sea Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 21:12:18 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11359 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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