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42-39830

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 14/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Y] Thorpe Abbotts 8/10/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Paul Martin, Co-pilot: Tom Cryan, Navigator: Tom Hughes, Bombardier: Albt Racz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Levi Tonn, Radio Operator: Russ Longdon, Waist gunner: Lonnie Albin, Waist gunner: Veryl Lund,Tail gunner: John Howley (9 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Dick Faulkner (evaded capture); mid-air coll with 42-37913 (100BG); crashed Frevent, near Haudricourt, 16 miles SW of Poix, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 3234. BERLIN PLAYBOY.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lonnie Albin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Thomas Cryan

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Faulkner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW) but he successfully evaded the Germans and spent twenty-nine days with the French...

  • John Howley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Tom Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Longdon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Veryl Lund

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Racz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Levi Tonn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    B-17G #42-39830 'Berlin Playboy' collided with another B-17 on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 and crashed WSW of Poix, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

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) France 18 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 02:03:06 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Image

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 01:58:59 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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