Everett Ernest Blakely

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Object Number - UPL 55395 - Lt. Everett Blakely

Career Officer in the USAF.

Everett Ernest Blakely (July 1, 1919 – September 21, 2004) was a career officer of the United States Air Force.  He  was a highly decorated pilot of a B-17 bomber with the “Bloody Hundredth” Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II. He received eleven medals for his service including the Silver Star for “gallantry in action”, The Distinguished Flying Cross  for “heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight” and the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. Blakely and his crew's plane “Just A Snappin” long held the record for the most enemy aircraft shot down on a single mission. He also received  his Pilot Wings with 3 stars from the Colombian Air Force.

Blakely is portrayed by actor David Shield in the Apple TV mini series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg “Masters of the Air”.

SRTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

Mentioned in Harry Crosby's book, "A Wing and a Prayer". Plane - B-17 - 'Just-A-Snappin''

Mentioned in "Masters of the Air", By Donald L. Miller.



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Units served with

The wreckage of a B-24 Liberator (GO-K) of the 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group that has crash landed. A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group is in the background.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36600511
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Just-a-Snappin, Wolff Pack
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Did you say ten cents?, blakely’s provisional group, just-a-snappin
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron




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Seattle, Washington 1 April 1905 Born in Elgin, Illinois Died September 21, 2004 in San Luis Obispo, California


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"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Unit History, Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 314

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