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B-17G Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hang The Expense IV" of the 100th Bomb Group that overshot the runway at Thorpe Abbotts.
The date, the letters and numbers at the bottom of the accompanying nose-on photo - "97560" and "96GP" confirm this is "Hang The Expense IV" Serial 42-97560, involved in a landing accident at Thorpe Abbotts on 19 May 1944. Pilot Frank E. Valesh. Salvaged 19/5/44.
(Amended 30/6/17)

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

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.



  • 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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Valesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Accident on 26 November 1943 unofficial slow-time flight in B-17 42-31035 'Hang the Expense'. ...


  • 42-31035 Hang The Expense

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 7/9/43; Scott 5/10/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-E] Thorpe Abbotts 8/10/43; unofficial test flight 26//11/43 with Frank E. Valesh, Co-pilot: Russell J. Flack, Navigator: Andrew H. Campion and two American Red Cross nurses, Mary J. Cooke...

  • 42-97560 Hang The Expense IV

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    "Delivered Denver 21/12/43; Lincoln 18/1/44; Mitchell 31/1/44; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44; transferred (H2X) 413BS/96BG [MZ-H] Snetterton 4/2/44; landing accident with Frank E. Valesh (100BG); Salvaged 19/5/55. HANG THE EXPENSE IV." ...


  • 358

    19 May 1944


  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Date Contributor Update
30 June 2017 17:43:58 AlistairM Changes to caption, aircraft associations and mission associations

Original caption cited a much earlier crash landing into farm buildings but the damage and ground conditions do not match the images of this incident. Amended due to a closer correlation to photo captioned with: "(GAD-37-1-100)(19-5-44)(A/C 7560H-96GP-B-17G)".

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 16:09:37 ED-BB Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Freeman "The Mighty Eighth War Diary"
Accident reports UK for November 1943

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:38:54 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection