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42-107056

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Hunter 17/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/4/44 with Jim McGuire, Bombardier: Joe Eck, Radio Operator: Rod McCaughin, Ball turret gunner: John Ribuffo, Waist gunner: Alan Dill, Waist gunner: Don Kuntz, Tail gunner: John Sabotka (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Randall Bradley, Navigator: John Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank De George (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 and eventually wing snapped off, crashed Tamerville, near Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4238.

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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Randell Bradley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank DeGeorge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alan Dill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Eck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Kuntz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Rodney McCaughin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James McGuire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Ribuffo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42107056. KIA. Plane, piloted by James W. McGuire, exploded in mid-air. One of seven crewmembers who died. Purple Heart

  • John Sabotka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107056. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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) France 28 April 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4238 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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