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Loren Clifford Van Steenis

Military

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.

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.

  • Lester Torbett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    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.

  • 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

  • 42-31903 Hard Luck II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Kearney 30/1/44; Grenier 18/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 23/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Eden Jones, Co-pilot: Bob Ries, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Eadie, Radio Operator: Leo...

  • 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 Pella, Mahaska County, IA 19 August 1915

Son of William A and Martha [Van Brogan] Van Steenis.

Enlisted 28 May 1941
Based Thorpe Abbotts November 1943 – 7 May 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 18 June 1947

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 5 August 1947

Joined USAF reserves.

Discharged USAF 12 May 1952

Honourable discharge.

Died Hartselle, Alabama 17 December 1984
Buried Mount Tabor Cemetery, Hartselle, AL 20 December 1984

Mount Tabor Cemetery, Hartselle, Alabama

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2021 20:44:45 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/648388221
https://www.fold3.com/image/312126498
https://www.fold3.com/record/64224943/loren-van-steenis-social-security-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/627232983/loren-van-steenis-1915-veterans-a...
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=3...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34362230/loren-c.-van_steenis

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 16:08:06 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91043864. (MACR 7899)

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 01:43:44 acbernstein1 Changes to middlename and events
Sources

Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 00:46:44 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations and place associations
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https://web.archive.org/web/20080208073233/http://www.web-birds.com/8th/...

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 20:23:12 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Added an association to the A/C #42-3413 listed in the A/C "description section".
Added an association to the 100th BG listed in the A/C #42-3413 "description section".

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2016 12:11:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename and firstname
Sources

Correction to name fields

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:29:04 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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