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Varga Venus Crew

The John P. Keys crew: (Left to Right) John P. Keys, Patrick H. Lollis, Elton Dickens Elvin W. Samuelson, Harry D. Park, Joseph A. Costanza, Gilbert A. Borba, Frank O. Thomas, Peter P. Martin and Donald V. Rieger.

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Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    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

People

  • 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

  • Joseph Costanza

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    OCTOBER 3, 1944 NURNBURG. CPT

  • Elton Dickens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed atSt Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

  • John Keys

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

  • Patrick Lollis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #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.

  • Harry Park

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #43-37865, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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

  • Elvin Samuelson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #43-37865, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2020 08:51:13 Emily Changes to person associations
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Associated people mentioned in caption

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 20:16:07 mapwhe Changes to caption
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Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 19:57:44 mapwhe Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
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