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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Gore 14/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-X] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; RUM BOOGIE II; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; as war weary F transferred from RCM 803BS to Aphrodite project Knettishall, UK. Missing in Action Heligoland 30/10/44 with Lts G. Barnes & R. McCauley; apparently 'Mother' lost contact, A/C went out of control and crashed Trollhättan, Sweden, the crater still exists. MUGWUMP.



  • 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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron
  • 418th Bomb Squadron
  • 803rd Bomb Squadron


  • George Barnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Glen Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew the B-17 'Fourth Term' Also flew an Aphrodite mission (30 Oct 1944) which finished his tour. Helped in testing the nuclear bomb and lined up ships for targets. Was in Operation 'Crosswinds' operation. DFC;Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; others

  • William Blank

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Bowlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Cruikshank

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert DeKay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Dennis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Egan

    Military | Major | Command Pilot, Pilot, Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30830 "M'lle Zig Zag", Prisoner of War. ...

  • Paul Englert

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    B-17 #4230402 'The Poontang' crashed near Strausburg. Mechanical failure. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Flesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II", pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

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  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • 693

    30 October 1944


  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • 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
Manufactured San Diego, CA, USA March 1943

Built by Boeing.

Delivered Francis E Warren Air Force Base Heliport, Cheyenne Rd, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY 82005, USA 6 April 1943

Delivered to USAAF Cheyenne Field 6/4/43.

Assigned Joint Base Andrews, MD, USA 2 June 1943

Assigned 413th BS, 96th BG Andrews Field 2/6/43.

Transferred Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk IP21, UK 9 June 1943

Transferred 418BS/100BG Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43

Operational Mission Le Mans, France 26 June 1943

Target Le Mans, (No credit
for mission, planes returned due to weather). 26-6-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission Saint-Nazaire, France 28 June 1943

Target Saint-Nazaire (Flak City). 28-6-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission Le Mans, France 29 June 1943

Target Le Mans. 29-6-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission La Pallice, 17000 La Rochelle, France 4 July 1943

Target La Pallice. 4-7-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission Le Bourget, France 10 July 1943

Target Le Bourget. 10-7-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission Hamburg, Germany 17 July 1943

Target Hamburg. 17-7-43. Lt William Flesh crew.

Operational Mission Regensburg, Germany 17 August 1943

Regensburg raid flown by Lt Charles Cruikshank [P] and Major John Egan [CP]. Returned to base, North Africa, so badly damaged it was abandoned by the Squadron.

Salvaged / Repaired Algiers, Algeria September 1943

Salvaged / Repaired and returned to UK. Re-assigned to 96th BG at Snetterton Heath and renamed 'Rum Boogie II'.

Transferred Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 1944

Transferred to Radio Counter Measures work with 803rd BS.

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

As war weary B-17F transferred to Aphrodite project.

Crashed Trollhättan, Sweden 30 October 1944

Missing in Action target Heligoland 30/10/44. Aphrodite Drone. Command crew Lts G Barnes & R McCauley baled out over UK. Apparently 'Mother' lost contact, A/C went out of control and crashed Trollhättan, Sweden, the crater still exists.


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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log