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42-5861

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-J] Thorper Abbotts 8/6/43 STUD DUCK; renamed before crash landed base with Owen Roane (10 Returned to Duty) u/c collapsed 2/8/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Marvin Leininger, Co-pilot: Albt Witmyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Meyer Weintraub, Radio Operator: Marshall Banta, Ball turret gunner: Nick Matulik, Waist gunner: Jim Parham, Waist gunner: Gene Latimer, Tail gunner: Chas McGrogan (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Leon McChesney, Bombardier: Chas Compton (2 evaded capture); hit by three FW 190s , crashed Liry, 28 miles E of Rheims, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2020. LADEN MAIDEN.

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

  • Bruce Alshouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Completed 25 missions from 23 September 1943 - 6 March 1944. Shot down 24 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted and attacked by enemy fighters, the Fortress was riddled and...

  • Marshall Banta

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Compton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 42-5861 'Laden Maiden. ' Evaded. He and the navigator were the only survivors.

  • Theodore Don

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Theodore Don was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. 5 men died. Theodore was among the 5 who were...

  • Eugene Latimer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marvin Leininger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Nicholas Matulik

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leonard McChesney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Evaded.

  • Charles McGrogan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Parham

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5861 'Laden Maiden'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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 30 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 21:36:04 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 21:35:08 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2019 14:19:31 lowbuckbob Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2020 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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