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A bomber crew of the 100th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30035) nicknamed "Torchy".
From left to right:
Sgt James M Johnson, of Holdenville, Okla., waist gunner;
Sgt Donald Garrison, of Eldorado, Ill., waist-gunner;
Lt. August Gaspar, of Oakland, Calif., bombardier;
Lt. Frank Murphy, of Ax, Georgia, navigator;
Lt. Glenn Graham, of Freedom, Pa.,

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Reviewed and passed U.S. Army 23 Aug 1943 Press Censor E.T.O. U.S.A.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 23 August 1943 INTLD 16 General Section Press Censorship Bureau ' [stamp], '280032.' [Censor No].
Printed caption on reverse: 'Men who made shuttle-bombing raid on Regensburg. Associated Press Photo shows, left to right: Sgt Jas. M. Johnson, of Holdenville, Okla., waist gunner; Sgt Donald Gallison, of Eldorado, Ill., waist-gunner; Lt. August Gasper, of Oakland, Calif., bombardier; Lt. Frank Murphy, of Ax, Georgia, navigator; Lt. Glenn Graham, of Freedom, Pa., co-pilot, seen wearing fezes and holding Arabian knives on their arrival back at a bomber station "somewhere in England" yesterday, August 22.'

IWM catalogue record

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

A bomber crew of the 100th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30035) nicknamed "Torchy". Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Reviewed and passed U.S. Army 23 Aug 1943 Press Censor E.T.O. U.S.A.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 23 August 1943 INTLD 16 General Section Press Censorship Bureau ' [stamp], '280032.' [Censor No]. Printed caption on reverse: 'Men who made shuttle-bombing raid on Regensburg, Associated Press Photo shows, left to right: Sgt Jas. M. Johnson, of Holdenville, Okla., waist gunner; Sgt Donald Gallison, of Eldorado, Ill., waist-gunner; Lt. August Gasper, of Oakland, Calif., bombardier; Lt. Frank Murphy, of Ax, Georgia, navigator; Lt. Glenn Graham, of Freedom, Pa., co-pilot, seen wearing fezes and holding Arabian knives on their arrival back at a bomber station "somewhere in England" yesterday, August 22.'

Connections

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...

People

  • Donald Garrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • August Gaspar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Graham

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Murphy

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Wounded in Action on 10 October 1943, when his aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress 42-30725 nicknamed "AW-R-Go" was shot down on a mission over Munster. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Sagan; Stalag VIIA, Moosburg (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse...

Aircraft

  • 42-30035

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 4/5/43; Hill 11/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG 3/43; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43; Missing in Action Paris 3/9/43 with Charles...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 15:39:33 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Correction to previous source message: This is the image that helps identify the airmen: https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/4310

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 14:32:11 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen's record from information in the caption, cross-referenced against another photograph:
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/4312

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:38:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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