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Crew of Just A Snappin on the Bremen Mission.
Standing from left : William McClelland, Harry H. Crosby, Charles A. Via, Jr., Everett E. Blakely, James R. Douglas.
Kneeling : Lester W. Saunders, Monroe R. Thornton, Edward S. Yevich, Lyle E Nord, and Edmund G Forkner

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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Everett Blakely

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer
    Career Officer in the USAF. ...

  • Harry Crosby

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham. Harry wrote "On a Wing and a Prayer" about his experiences. ...

  • James Douglas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943, A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

  • Edmond Forkner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943, A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

  • William McClelland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943, A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

  • Lyle Nord

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    WIA. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham. Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107011. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Lester Saunders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Lester Saunders died of wounds on 15 October 1943 after being injured on a mission to Bremen on 8 October 1943. ...

  • Monroe Thornton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

  • Charles Via

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    WIA. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

  • Edward Yevich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    WIA. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943, A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

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
31 January 2022 18:15:33 dblakely Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

From the Blakely Collection

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