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Winston Adkins


Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Dale Croft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265, Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31265

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 3/12/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-X] Thorpe Abbotts 14/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Dale Croft (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Carr, Navigator: Des Laird, Bombardier:...

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 IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Kentucky, USA 16 February 1922
Shot Down/Captured Eldagsen, 31832 Springe, Germany 10 February 1944
POW Tychowo, Poland 15 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV

Died Pike County, KY, USA 26 January 2004
Buried Pikeville, KY 41501, USA 29 January 2004

Annie E. Young Cemetery
Pike County
Kentucky, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 23:36:00 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2382 / MACR 2382, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database