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B-17F-BO*,

*Circa blocks 90-115 and 42-30XXX . Identified on AAM as follows:
Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD).

See also UX Q 42-30408 327th BS, 92 BG, FORTLOG as another possibility.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

SERVICE

TBC

Pictuer taken 12/7/1943 Theodore R Thurston bottom right of picture.
I believe the rest of the crew is, "Names not in order"
Pilot: Winston James Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl R Carlson, Flight engineer/Top turret gunner: Richard Hanson Bragdon, Waist gunner: Cloe Redford Crutchfield, Tail gunner: Robert K Gailey, Bombardier/Toggler: Thomas Keith Johnson, Waist gunner: Lewis Arthur Kuhnz, Navigator: Joseph Barth Liebman, Radio operator/Gunner: David Blaine Stewart, Bombadier: Thomas K Thompson Sr, Ball turret gunner: Theodore R Thurston.

Connections

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

People

  • Theodore Thurston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-30617 'Miss Billie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-N ] Alconbury 21/8/43; Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with Winston Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl Carlson, Navigator: Joe...

Locations

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 22:20:45 phil marchese Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

AAM THURSTON

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 21:34:25 phil marchese Changes to caption
Sources

Marchese; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 20:20:33 RandyJustice1 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Family pictures and AAM

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