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42-3271

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/4/43; Presque Is 27/5/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-U] Bassingbourn 7/6/43; transferred 351BS/100BG [EP-L] Thorpe Abbotts 5/7/43; severe damage on previous raid “wrinkled skin”; Assigned mission to salvo delayed action fused bombs in The Wash 25/1/44 with John Massol, Co-pilot: Harry Granger, Navigator: Ed King, Bombardier: Edwin Stern, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Westley, Radio Operator: Asa Spengler, Ball turret gunner: Winifred Williams, Waist gunner: Olli McCartney, Waist gunner: Bill Reneau, Tail gunner: Newman Carman (10 Returned to Duty); on landing left u/c folded and ship skidded off runway; sal 7/3/44. NINE LITTLE YANKS AND A JERK.

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

  • Harold Granger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • Robert Hughes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Plane was 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk'

  • Edward King

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD. ...

  • John Massoi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • Carman Newman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • William Reneau

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • Asa Spengler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • Edwin Stern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

  • William Westley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    On landing on 26 Jan 1944 the left landing of B-17G #42-3271 'Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk' fled and a/c skidded of the runway. RTD.

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 21:50:36 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname 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 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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