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William Thomas Fitzroy

Military

Was Pilot of B-17 #42-31537 on the 29 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. Shot down by Flak and crashed near Punschrau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Ira Arnold

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, Fance and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down by Flak on the...

  • Frank Buschmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned 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. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Floyd Douglas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier / Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    3 December 1943 crashed on base in B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" with Pilot Martin Tashjian. Then 27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 "Flying Jenny" (also Tashjian crew) during formation flight training. All returned. Shot down...

  • Robert Dykeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Robert Dykeman was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-31968 'Miss Irish'. On return from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France on 19 March 1944, the ship made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room. Returned to...

  • Floyd Hartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Floyd Hartman was Navigator on board B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" which crashed on take-off on a non-operational flight 3 December 1943, with Pilot Martin Tashjian. He and the 8 other men on board Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

  • Joseph O'Donnell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Punschrau, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #42- 31537 "Buffalo Gal". Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Carmine Roberto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Punschrau, Germany in B-17#42-31537 "Buffalo Gal" on 29 July 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Spragg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned 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 Report - MACR 15220. Returned...

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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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31537 'Randie Lou' aka 'BUFFALO GAL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 23/12/43 FRIDAY THE 13TH; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 24/12/43; 349BS [XR- ]; ran out of gas on Ruhland mission 21 June 1944 with Lt...

Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States 17 April 1920
Lived in July 1941

Verona, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 21 October 1941

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Prisoner Of War (POW) Germany 30 July 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 5 June 1946.”…

Captured 30 July 1944

near Eckartsberga, 15km West of Bad Kösen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 14:30:08 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

WWII Draft Card

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 10:44:29 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7809
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records
His page at https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1648&...

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 17:29:23 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added S/N & POW camp info per POW records from National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, MACR 7809 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7809 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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