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Nels Oscar Davidson


Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • Headquarters Squadron (490th Bomb Group)
  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31035 Hang The Expense

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 7/9/43; Scott 5/10/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-E] Thorpe Abbotts 8/10/43; unofficial test flight 26//11/43 with Frank E. Valesh, Co-pilot: Russell J. Flack, Navigator: Andrew H. Campion and two American Red Cross nurses, Mary J. Cooke...

  • 42-31234 The Barber Shop, Johnnie Walker III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 245/10/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Rougham 27/10/43 THE BARBER SHOP; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Joe Barber, Navigator: John McGrath, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis...

  • 42-31767 Our Gal Sal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner (N.Ire) 16/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-E] Thorpe Abbotts 17/1/44; transferred 482BG Alconbury 20/5/45; 100+m, Returned to the USA 5/45; 121 BU Bradley 31/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South...

  • 42-39867 'Hang the Expense II', ' Boeing Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G #42-39867 'Hang the Expense II' aka 'Boeing Belle'. ...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Roseau, MN 22 July 1909

Son of Nikolai 'Nick' and Bertha Davidson.

Enlisted Tacoma, WA 1 June 1942

Tacoma, Washington

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Thief River Falls, Pennington County, MN 12 August 1992
Buried Greenwood Cemetery Thief River Falls, Pennington County, MN 15 August 1992

Greenwood Cemetery
Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota


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490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia