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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-F] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 11/9/44 with Hugh Holladay, Co-pilot: Howard Potts (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: Joe Michaud (Wounded in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nick Morrale (Wounded in Action) (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Roy Lynch, Radio Operator: Herlan Tarter, Ball turret gunner: Delbert Gadberry, Waist gunner: Nick Desanto, Tail gunner: Bob Duncan (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Crottendorf, S of Annaberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8821.



  • 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


  • Nick DeSanto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down in B-17 #42102695

  • Robert Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down in B-17 #42102695

  • Delbert Gadberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down in B-17 #42-102695. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hugh Holladay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102695

  • Roy Lynch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down at Oberwiesenthal in B-17 #42102695

  • Joseph Michaud

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102695

  • Nick Morrale

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102695

  • Howard Potts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in AC #42102695. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herlan Tarter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42-102695, Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 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
Crashed Crottendorf, Germany 11 September 1944


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8821 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database