Roy Urich


Object Number - UPL 43632 - B-17 42-31035 'Hang The Expense' with Frank Valesh crew and groundcrew. Rear L-R: T/Sgt John Mytko, 2Lt John R. Johnson, 2Lt Frank E. Valesh, 2Lt...

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt in B-17 42-39867 'Hang the Expense II'; blown out of A/C and seriously injured when 88mm flak explosion damaged the tail. 24-Jan-44. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: AM, POW, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME.


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Units served with

Round patch of the 100th Bomb Group depicting a four headed eagle with wings spread and holding a bomb in each claw
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Personnel of the 100th Bomb Group inspect a damaged B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hang the Expense" after a crash landing. Image via Stewart P Evans.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 351st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17062813 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


A B-17G Flying Fortress (EP-E, serial number 42-39867) of the 351st Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group. Official caption on image: "265-(44). WPU - 2.29.44. Eastchurch. B-17G - 42-39867. FA-FSAD." Handwritten caption on reverse: '100th Bomb Group, 13th Combat Wing, 3rd Air Division, E?-E.[EP-E]' On reverse: USAAF Photographic Section Station 595 [Stamp].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hang the Expense II, Boeing Belle
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron 351st Bomb Squadron


  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany


Event Location Date Description


Grantsville, MD 3 November 1919 Son of Jacob and Otilda Margaret [Hanft] Urich. Brother to Carl F, Albert L, John H and William J.


Los Angeles, CA 25 July 1942 Los Angeles, California


Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan Poland 24 January 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.


Baled out POW

Frankfurt, Germany 24 January 1944 Blown out of B-17 42-39867 'Hang the Expense II' on Frankfurt mission and seriously injured when 88mm flak explosion damaged the tail during an operational mission on 24-Jan-44. POW


Thorpe Abbotts 24 January 1944 Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.
Whittier, CA Whittier, California


Date20 Nov 2020 11:36:37
Date27 Jul 2020 22:15:34

Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date30 Mar 2020 04:07:02

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date18 Feb 2020 03:13:31

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:32

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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