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R-L, Sgt Gilbert Borba, Sgt Donald Rieger and Sgt Peter Martin (Unk mechanic)



  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron


  • Gilbert Borba

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Sgt Gilbert A. Borba, only survivor, all other crew were Killed in Action (KIA) 08-08-1944 Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain, France in B-17 "Varga Venus" #4337865

  • Peter Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37865, shot down by flak on 8 August 1944 - MACR 8073.

  • Donald Rieger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain on 8/8/44 in B-17 #4337865 POW


  • 43-37865

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44. Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-P] Thorpe Abbotts 10/7/44. Missing in Action on the mission to Saint-Sylvain (Calvados) 8 August 1944. Pilot : John P. Keys; Co-pilot: Elvin W. Samuelson; Navigator:...


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