42-30088 Squawkin Hawk II

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30088) nicknamed "Squawkin' Hawk I" of the 100th Bomb Group, signed by personnel. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Thorpe Abbott. Home 17/5/44. 100th Bomb Group.' Printed caption on reverse: '53312AC - Proud Veteran Goes Home ... With hundreds of autographs on its sleek hull, the war-weary veteran Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Squawkin' Hawk I" is shown shortly before it took off from its 8th AAF bases in England to return to the U.S. for retirement. Covering 47,720

Object Number - FRE 4124 - A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30088) nicknamed "Squawkin' Hawk I" of the 100th Bomb Group, signed by personnel. Handwritten caption on...

Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner Reeder, Navigator: Russell Engel - Wounded in Action, Bombardier: Peter F. Delao Jr], rest unknown; Co-pilot: Harry E. Edeburn (Killed in Action); but limped back to base Missing Air Crew Report 99906. Again suffered heavy damage 5 November 1943 on the Gelsenkirchen mission with William R. Flesh & Co-Pilot John G. Gossage (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Omar Gonzales, Bombardier: James J. Lux, Assistant Radio Operator/gunner: Francis G. Dolsen, Tail gunner: James Marasco (4 Prisoners of War); Radio Operator: Conner D. Brewster (KIA-chute failed); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harold L. Pope, Waist Gunner George P. Gineikis, Waist Gunner Leon E. McDonald (3 evaded capture with the help of the Belgian Comète evasion network). Lt Flesh and his Co-Pilot Gossage managed to fly the plane back to England and landed at the RAF Tangmere airfield, Sussex [ Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15553. ] Returned to the USA 17 May 1944; Hendricks 8 June 1944; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 13 December 1945. First aircraft in 100th Bomb Group to fly 50 missions. SQUAWKIN' HAWK II.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34201968
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36507324
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13037471 / T-060794
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

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Date22 Apr 2019 14:08:47
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 15553
Corrected typos in some names

Date12 Oct 2018 12:02:49
Contributorapollo11
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Information gathered after visiting the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum.

Date17 Jun 2015 10:00:15
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Associated people from MACR 15553

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:27
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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