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42-31265

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 3/12/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-X] Thorpe Abbotts 14/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Dale Croft (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Carr, Navigator: Des Laird, Bombardier: Farmer Rains, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marion McMullen, Radio Operator: Winston Adkins, Ball turret gunner: Jack Bailey, Waist gunner: Jim Hellman, Waist gunner: John McKeever, Tail gunner: Marvin Rusten (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eldagsen, S of Volksen, three miles E of Springe, 12 miles SW of Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2382.

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

  • Winston Adkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Flew 6 missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW) to May 1945. POW/ AM

  • Donald Carr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dale Croft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerome Hellman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). Flew with the Dale O. Croft crew. POW

  • John Keever

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner

  • Desmond Laird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marion McMullen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Farmer Rains

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marvin Rusten

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 10 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2020 03:02:55 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2382 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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