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43-38963

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 21/10/44; Grenier 1/11/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 3/11/44; battle damaged Brandenburg 10/4/45 with Larry Bazin, Jim Dotson, Art Flowers, Dick Smith, Paul Decker (5 Killed in Action); John Gross, Glenn Abraham, Dick Long, Bob Patterson rcm (4 Prisoner of War); Roens Shearwood (evaded capture); jet enemy aircraft caused #2 to be feathered, another attack KO’d #3 & #4, crashed Jemmeritz, Ger?. Salvaged 20/4/45; Missing Air Crew Report 14170.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Glenn Abraham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Jemmcritz on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #43-38963, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lawrence Bazin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Jemmcritz in B-17 43-38963 on 10 April 1945 (2nd last 100th Bomb Group crew lost).

  • Paul Decker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Jemmcritz in B-17 #4338963

  • James Dotson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Jemmcritz in B-17 #4338963

  • Arthur Flowers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Kemmcritz in B-17 #4338963. Served on crews of Luther Bennet and Killed in Action (KIA) with crew of L. Bazin.

  • John Gross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Jemmcritz on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #4338963

  • Richard Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 10 April 1945 in AC #4338963. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | RC
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Jemmcritz on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #4338963

  • Roens Shearwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Evaded (EVD) crashed near Jemmcritz on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #4338963

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Jemmcritz in B-17 #4338963

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14170 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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