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Lester Darrell Torbett

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Wounded by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' 7-May-44; Wounded in Action (WIA) Subsequently grounded due to wounds.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Harold Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Killed instantaneously by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Earl Benham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. Flew on B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II', 28 x combat missions. Earl later wrote up his wartime experience in the book 'With Crew 13' Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Butchino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Clouthier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew, replaced S/Sgt Yarnall (WIA) after Posen mission. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..

  • Archie Holladay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 battle star).

  • Jack Ogg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Schneider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Loren Van Steenis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Yarnall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Stenis crew. 17 x combat missions. Wounded in hand and shoulder on Poznan mission in B-17 'Hard Luck II', grounded thereafter, taking up instructional role till wars end. Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marionville, MO 4 January 1919

Son of Robert Milton and Blanche [Lester] Torbett.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK 13 February 1941

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Died Minnesota 23 February 1963
Buried Memorial Park Cemetery Muskogee, Muskogee County, OK 26 February 1963

Memorial Park Cemetery
Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma

Specialist training Victory Field, Vernon, Texas

Bombardier training - Victory Field, Vernon, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2021 13:26:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/613211038
https://www.fold3.com/image/181880668
https://www.fold3.com/record/90178342/lester-d-torbett-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=5...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90319302/lester-d-torbett

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 00:52:37 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

https://web.archive.org/web/20080208073233/http://www.web-birds.com/8th/...

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 20:34:12 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added an association to the A/C #42-3413 per info in the A/C description section.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 20:30:51 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added an association to the 100th BG per info for 350th BS.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 20:29:07 jmoore43 Changes to firstname
Sources

Added first name per info on the 100th BG website.
Source: https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=5207&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.mcadams.org/fpdb/sqds_name2.asp

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