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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/9/43; Gr Island 28/9/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-D] Thorpe Abbotts 28/9/43; while on training mission on 29/12/43 with Lucius Lacy, Instr pilot-Capt Jack Swartout, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hugh Smallwood, pass-Lt George Brannan, ran off runway & nosed up (4 Returned to Duty); battle damaged Pas de Calais 21/1/44 with Jim Stout feathered an engine, salvoed bombs in Channel then found landing gear out salvoed, crash landed Honington, Sfk. Salvaged 31/1/44. HOLY TERROR II.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • George Brannan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by massive fighter attacks and crashed W of Vechta, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31735 'Lucky Lee'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Lucius Lacy

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 29-Dec-43 ran off runway in B-17 42-31062 'Holy Terror', RTD. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31389 'Lucious Lucy'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5382 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hugh Smallwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
    DATE & MISSION UNK Taps: 25 April 1993. CPT 29 December 1943 ran off runway in B17#42-31062 ÒHoly TerrorÓ L. G. Lacy crew

  • James Stout

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Killed while assigned to Office of Flying Safety in CA. in 45 testing a B-25 During War crashed into Channel on 'Torcy 3rd' #4230487 on 25 Feb 44. Crew got away safely and picked up by British Air & Sea Rescue

  • Jack Swartout

    Military | Captain | Pilot ; Commanding Officer
    29 December 1943 ran off runway in B-17#42-31062 'Holy Terror'. Instructor pilot to L. G. Lacy crew.


  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...


  • 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 Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 14 September 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 14-Sep-43.

Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 28 September 1943

Assigned 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF 28-Sep-43.

Crashed Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 29 December 1943

Ran off runway & nosed over on training mission. Pilot Lt Lucius Lacy 4 x RTD.

Crashed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK 21 January 1944

Battle damaged Pas de Calais 21-Jan-44 feathered an engine, salvoed bombs into Channel then found landing gear out crash landed Honington Pilot Lt James R Stout.


Date Contributor Update
25 March 2021 10:39:48 phil marchese Changes to media associations

The B-17G-1-BO, 42-41062, is the Holy Terror in the image.

Note the lack of the forward, port side cheek gun window. The smaller forward window is visible port.

P. Marchese, Mar 25, 2021.

See FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 for more on the B-17G-1-BO.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 19:37:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log