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42-107024

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/3/44; Missing in Action Sottevast 28/4/44 with Col Bob Kelly [Gp CO], Co-pilot: Capt Bill Lakin, Navigator: Capt Joe Payne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Brown, Waist gunner: John Spiker, obs-T/Sgt Delbert Barnhart Fighter Gp (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Maurice Cain, Radio Operator: Leo Cannon, Ball turret gunner: Albt Freitas, Tail gunner: Lt Herb Alf (5 Prisoner of War); two flak hits in nose, crashed Croix Jacob, S of Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4234.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herbert Alf

    Military | Lieutenant | Tail Gunner, Tail Gunner; Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Delbert Barnhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | FCP, Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA). Further biographical details can be found at https://www.findagrave.com PH

  • James Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Maurice Cain

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Cannon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Freitas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kelly

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Lakin

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Payne

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Richard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 28 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 17:47:02 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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