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42-30170

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Kearney 28/5/43; Dow Fd 7/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 10/6/43 TORCHY 2 aka HOT SPIT; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Coy Montgomery (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Connaway, Navigator: Frank Laver, Bombardier: Jim Fulton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Burton, Radio Operator: Wilbur Trembley, Ball turret gunner: Lou Savell, Waist gunner: Junior Busher, Waist gunner: Tony Ruda, Tail gunner: Earl Ritter (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d engine, crashed Colnrade near Cologne; Missing Air Crew Report 3015. MISS CARRIAGE aka OH NAUSEA aka TEN BATTY BOYS and PRIDE OF THE CENTURY.

Service

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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Junior Bucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Burton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Connaway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fulton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Togglier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Trammell Hollis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Frank Laver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Coy Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earl Ritter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Anthony Ruda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Savell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Colrade on a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30170 'The Pride of the Century'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2020 18:36:26 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nicknames listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3015 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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