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Everett Ernest Blakely


Career Officer in the USAF.
Everett Ernest Blakely (July 1, 1919 – September 21, 2004) was a career officer of the United States Air Force.  He  was a highly decorated pilot of a B-17 bomber with the “Bloody Hundredth” Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II. He received eleven medals for his service including the Silver Star for “gallantry in action”, The Distinguished Flying Cross  for “heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight” and the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. Blakely and his crew's plane “Just A Snappin” long held the record for the most enemy aircraft shot down on a single mission. He also received  his Pilot Wings with 3 stars from the Colombian Air Force.

Blakely is portrayed by actor David Shield in the Apple TV mini series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg “Masters of the Air”.

SRTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.
Mentioned in Harry Crosby's book, "A Wing and a Prayer". Plane - B-17 - 'Just-A-Snappin''

Mentioned in "Masters of the Air", By Donald L. Miller.




  • Lester Saunders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Lester Saunders died of wounds on 15 October 1943 after being injured on a mission to Bremen on 8 October 1943. ...

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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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30061 Just-a-Snappin, Wolff Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/434; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43 WOLFF PACK; Returned to the USA Homestead 12/7/44; 1 BU Wright 17/7/44; 328 BU Gulfport 26/1/45; with Alvin...


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Y] Thorpe Abbotts 5/7/43; battle damaged Bremen 8/10/43 with Capt Everett Blakely, Co-pilot: Chas Via wia-shot down two enemy aircraft, Navigator: Harry Crosby, Bombardier: Jim Douglas,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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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...


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington 1 April 1905

Born in Elgin, Illinois
Died September 21, 2004 in San Luis Obispo, California


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02 February 2022 22:38:18 dblakely Changes to biography

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30 January 2022 20:56:42 dblakely Changes to events

added birth and death info

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30 March 2020 19:14:34 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added a connection to the 100th BG - see pg. 173 in the book"Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski.

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30 March 2020 19:13:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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24 February 2020 13:47:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and place associations

"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

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27 January 2020 19:14:11 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C # 42-3393 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

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27 September 2014 18:09:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Unit History, Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 314