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A battle damaged B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group. March 19,1944 then Lt John P. "49 Missions" Gibbons was flying "Miss Irish" on a "no ball" mission and was hit by an 88mm shell in the radio room. T/Sgt Ed Walker was blown out of the plane and KIA. One of the more remarkable landings made in a damaged aircraft during WW 2.

IWM catalogue record

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A battle damaged B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group.



  • 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...


  • John Gibbons

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander
    John Gibbons was Pilot of B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returning from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew...


Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 19:42:20 mpfaley Changes to caption

Michael P. Faley-100th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:16 AAM AAM ingest

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