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Roy Urich

Military

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt in B-17 42-39867 'Hang the Expense II'; blown out of A/C and seriously injured when 88mm flak explosion damaged the tail. 24-Jan-44. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: AM, POW, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Frank Valesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Accident on 26 November 1943 unofficial slow-time flight in B-17 42-31035 'Hang the Expense'. ...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grantsville, MD 3 November 1919

Son of Jacob and Otilda Margaret [Hanft] Urich.

Brother to Carl F, Albert L, John H and William J.

Lived in Whittier, CA July 1941

Whittier, California

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 25 July 1942

Los Angeles, California

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1943 – 24 January 1944

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

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan Poland 24 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out POW Frankfurt, Germany 24 January 1944

Blown out of B-17 42-39867 'Hang the Expense II' on Frankfurt mission and seriously injured when 88mm flak explosion damaged the tail during an operational mission on 24-Jan-44. POW

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2020 11:36:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/632004904

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 22:15:34 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 04:07:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 14:44:21 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/632004904
https://www.fold3.com/image/638860278
https://www.fold3.com/image/177594351
https://www.fold3.com/record/91074007-roy-urich
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180389093/jacob-urich
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180389157/otilda-margaret-urich

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 03:13:31 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 11:59:49 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=5276&...

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 11:58:29 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=5276&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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