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A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 100th Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17 (serial number 42-3413) nicknamed "Hard Luck" is the foremost aircraft, with B-17 (serial number 42-31991) nicknamed "Miss Chief" flying alongside in the background. Handwritten caption on reverse: '23413 "Hard Luck" with the 350th Squadron. Above and just ahead 231991 "Miss Chief" served until the end of the hostilities.'



  • 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...


  • 42-31991

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 31/1/44; Grenier 22/2/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-D] Polebrook 1/3/44 FEVER BEAVER; transferred 350BS [LN-D/T] Thorpe Abbotts RAIFORD’S RAIDERS (npo); {122m} taxi accident 14/5/45 hitting parked B-17 43-38861...

  • 42-3413 'Hard Luck !'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/6/43; Dow Fd 18/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-V] Thorpe Abbotts 20/8/43; on mission to Berlin 7/5/44 with Loren Van Steenis, Navigator: Harry Becker (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Lester Torbett Wounded in Action, (8 Returned to...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:38:59 AAM AAM ingest

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