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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/4/44; Dow Fd 11/5/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Y] Thorpe Abbotts 14/5/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 11/9/44 with Albert Trommer, Navigator: Jim Wright, Bombardier: Levi Groce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alvin Severson, Radio Operator: Bill Stone (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Tim Bradshaw, Ball turret gunner: J.C. Kluttz, Waist gunner: Tom Kentes, Tail gunner: Chas Wilson (Wounded in Action) (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed on school in Schmiederberg, Ger (now Kovarska, Czech republic). Missing Air Crew Report 8820. BOSS LADY.

More information is available on the 100th Bomb Group Foundation website:



  • 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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron


  • Timothy Bradshaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Schuiedeberg on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102657 POW

  • Levi Groce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) B-17 #42102657 crashed 9/11/44

  • Thomas Kentes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102657 at Schuiedeberg POW

  • John Kluttz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102657. There is a memorial to Sergeant. Kluttz at the school in Schmiedeberg erected in Sept of 1994 POW

  • Alvin Severson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed in B-17 42-102657 on 9/11/44

  • William Stone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102657

  • Albert Trommer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schuiedeberg in B-17 42-102657 "Boss Lady"

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in AC #42102657. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Wright

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) B-17 #42102657 on 9/11/44


  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.


  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 12:13:30 Lucy May Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 13:38:57 lritger Changes to nicknames and markings

Updated per info in photos and MACR 8820

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 13:38:05 lritger Changes to description

Updated per info in photos and MACR 8820

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8820 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database