42-5393 Just For Laughs, Little Woman, Thumper Again

Object Number - UPL 17425 - MSGT Alec Bourque, (lower right) ground crew chief of Thumper Again with his ground crew. Other aircraft they crewed: Beats Me, and Aloha

Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43; with Bill Heller, Co-pilot: John Coppom, Navigator: Jim Zwayer, Bombardier: John DeSouso, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Huston, Radio Operator: Felix Spoerri, Ball turret gunner: George Payne, Waist gunner: Leon Lanier, Waist gunner: Melvin Schultz, Tail gunner: Tony Laurintis (10 Returned to Duty); transferred 100BG ex-2SAD 4/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 18/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. JUST FOR LAUGHS aka LITTLE WOMAN aka THUMPER AGAIN.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15068650
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728560
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 682984
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
Sergeant Fred Dioquardo of the 303rd Bomb Group stokes the stove inside a hut. Image stamped on reverse: ''Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 28 Jan 1943.' [stamp], '245666.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Stoking the stove in an American Army Air Force hut somewhere in England. Sergeant Fred Dioquardo, of Bayport, Long Island, asked the photographer to send this message back to his parents and fiance Miss H Sherwood , Maple Ave, Long Island: "I will be home when I
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 7071292
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Manufactured

Seattle, WA, USA Delivered to USAAF.

Delivered

9100 E 46th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA 1942-11-29 Delivered Tulsa 29-Nov-42.

Assigned

Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 1943-02-25 Assigned 360BS,303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed

North Luffenham, Oakham LE15, UK 1943-10-15 Landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15-Oct-43. 10 x RTD.

Other

To 2SAD

Little Staughton, Bedford MK44 2BT, UK To 2 Supply Air Depot.

Assigned

Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 1944-03-04 Transferred 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Returned ZI

3001 S Douglas Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73130, USA 1944-06-18 Returned to Zone of the Interior. Tinker AAF 18-Jun-44.

Other

Sold to Scrap

Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport, 509 S. Main Street, Altus, OK 73521, USA 1945-10-04 (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4-Oct-45.

Revisions

Date19 May 2022 09:16:53
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date21 Oct 2020 18:36:19
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Updated Production block number and nickname per info on the web.
Source: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5393-just-for-laughs-aka-little-…

Date17 Jan 2020 15:24:55
Contributorphil marchese
Sources

AAM associated images.
VIII AFSC modification lists, Feb/Mar.
1943.

Date17 Jan 2020 15:21:05
Contributorphil marchese
Sources

AAM associated images.
VIII AFSC modification lists, Feb/Mar.
1943.

Date27 Jan 2018 14:58:16
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:56
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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