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42-31987

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington, Bombardier: Jim Shirley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orville Elkin, Radio Operator: Ed Neuhaus (6 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Joe Russo, Waist gunner: Roy Little,Tail gunner: Francis Chase (3 Killed in Action); mid air coll, crashed Rustringen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8174/11550. SHILAYLEE aka THE LITTLE SKIPPER.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38457 'NINE LIVES'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 15/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN- ] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with Bill McNab, Co-pilot: Nelson Vaughn, Henry Ethridge, Duane Rench, Francis Seyfried (5 Killed in...

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Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Chase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Orville Elkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Leek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Piggy-back co-pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Roy Little

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. ...

  • Edward Neuhaus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Rojohn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Piggy-back pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Russo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Mid air collision 31 December 1944 in B-17 42-31987, 'The Little Skipper', Killed in Action (KIA). Body never found (Piggyback Mission) It was called the 'Piggyback' mission because a B-17 had jammed up into this B -17 trying to fill an open place in...

  • James Shirley

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. ...

  • Robert Washington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA December 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 13 January 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 13-Jan-44.

Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 10 March 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Kleingärtnerverein Rüstringen e.V., Neuengrodener Weg 50, 26386 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 31 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Misburg mid air collision with 43-38457 crashed Rustringen, Germany 31-Dec-44. 6 x POW, 4 x KIA MACR 11550.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 12:48:41 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=31987&Submit6=Go
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=macr&id=162&Itemid...
http://www.historynet.com/bizarre-b-17-collision-over-the-north-sea-duri...

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2017 17:37:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=31987&Submit6=Go
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=macr&id=162&Itemid...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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