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Floyd Oscar Douglas

Military

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 by fighters on 29 July 1944 in B-17 "Buffalo Gal" #42-31537 and crashed near Pauschrau, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). On the William T. Fitzroy page at https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1648&... , Fitzroy states he saw 12 Americans hanged and shot by the Germans on 29 July 1944 after bailing out. Among them were Floyd Douglas, Ira Arnold and Robert Dykeman from his crew. Killed in Action (KIA)

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 -...

  • John Dutka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Last seen near Stettin with an engine on fire on a mission to Posen, Poland on 20 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-39792 crashed landed at Tofthogs Gard, Sweden. Interned. ...

  • 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).

  • William Fletcher

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW) at Barth in Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Stanley Gorski

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 ÒFlying JennyÓ during formation training flight training. All returned. Tashian crew.

  • 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). ...

  • Robert Longworth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator 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 bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • James Morrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner
    27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 ÒFlying JennyÓ during formation training flight training. All returned. Tashian crew.

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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...

  • 42-37772 Flyin' Jenny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/8/43; Gr Island 21/9/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 27/9/43. Landing accident on a non-operational flight on 27 December 1943, with Pilot Martin Tashjian, Co-pilot: John Dutka, Navigator: Stanley P. Gorski, Flight...

  • 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 Geary, Blaine County, Oklahoma, United States 23 August 1921
Lived in February 1942

McGraw, Cortland County, New York (mailing address : Williamsville, Erie County, NY)

Enlisted 30 July 1942

Binghamton, New York

Killed In Action 29 July 1944

near Punschrau, Germany

Buried 30 July 1944

cemetery of Hassenhausen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 10:00:18 ED-BB Changes to person associations
Sources

Adapted text of Biography and made connections with crew members in landing accidents of 42-39791 and 42-37772

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 09:50:38 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Adapted text of Biography

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 15:08:20 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7809
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
German report KU-2601 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147892518
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1648&...

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 17:56:53 jmoore43 Changes to role and biography
Sources

Corrected typos in "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7809 / MACR 7809, Losses of Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 407. 441 with pictures of ac / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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