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Floyd Franklin Hartman

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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).
He was Navigator on B-17 Buffalo Gal #42-31537, shot down by fighters and crashed near Punschrau, Germany on 29 July 1944. 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...

  • William Fitzroy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    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).

  • 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...

  • Martin Tashjian

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot ; Tail Gunner, Tail Gunner
    Hit by flak on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 15 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39934 'My Achin' Back' exploded and crashed NW of Brunswick after three crewmen baled out. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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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...

  • 42-39791 Fletcher's Castoria

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/9/43; Gr Island 21/9/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-W] Thorpe Abbotts 27/9/43. Crashed on take off on a non-operational flight 3 December 1943 with Pilot Martin Tashjian (injured), Co-pilot: William H. Fletcher, Navigator: Floyd F....

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 Terrance Park, Ohio, USA 8 February 1918

Oologah, Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States

Lived in October 1940

Talala, Rogers County, Oklahoma (student at Northeastern State College)

Enlisted 26 May 1942

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 July 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 3 April 1946.”…

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 09:10:57 ED-BB Changes to biography and person associations
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Corrected typos in Summary biography

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 14:54:58 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
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MACR 7809
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII draft card
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 18:46:31 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added S/N & POW camp info per POW records from National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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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