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42-31306

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 10/11/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-V] Thorpe Abbotts 15/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Emil Siewart, Bombardier: Irving Jacobwitz,Tail gunner: Frank Kroczynski (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Wayne Prouix, Navigator: Don HufferWounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oliver Scully, Radio Operator: Julian Barkman, Ball turret gunner: Chester PadloWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Edwin Morgan, Waist gunner: Francis CousinsWounded in Action (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed on return, at Ostprignitz, near Wittstock, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5165. NELSON KING.

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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Julian Barkman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Cousins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Huffer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irving Jacobwitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Frank Kroczynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Edwin Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Padlo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wayne Proulx

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oliver Scully

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Emil Siewert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH.

Missions

  • 367

    24 May 1944

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
Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, UK 1944

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Ostprignitz, Germany 24 May 1944

Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed on return, at Ostprignitz, near Wittstock, Germany. MACR 5165.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2022 10:49:42 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events and unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5165 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 08:31:52 tjgerber Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

MACR

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 14:05:00 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

AAM archived image RCN is a match.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 21:32:24 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

AAM associated image and a/c synopsis.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 21:26:52 phil marchese Changes to production block number, markings and media associations
Sources

AAM assiated image and a/c synopsis.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5165 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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