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42-107095

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 18/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; Missing in Action French A/Fds 5/6/44 with Mark Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McAuliffe, Radio Operator: Gene Sweeney, Ball turret gunner: Don Rohasek, Waist gunner: Bill Moreland, Waist gunner: Glover Nall,Tail gunner: Cecil Davis (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Don Roth, Navigator: John Johnson, Bombardier: Ralph Kroenke (3 Killed in Action); hit by ground rocket and veered into collision with 43-37591 (100BG); crashed Channel ten miles off Hardelot, S of Boulougne, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5384.LITTLE BIT.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-37591

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Dow Fd 24/5/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 27/5/44; Missing in Action Abbeville 5/6/44 with Chas Peterson, Co-pilot: Jim Keefe, Navigator: Elmer Vishion, Bombardier: Jim Jones, Flight engineer...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Cecil Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Johnston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: PH

  • Ralph Kroenke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH (OLC).

  • John McAuliffe

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Moreland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: Air Medal & 3 OLCs, POW Medal.

  • Glover Nall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 ...

  • Donald Rohasek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Roth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C. Crashed into English Channel Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Eugene Sweeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mark Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return Abbeville 5-Jun-44. As he crossed the French coast over the English Channel, the Germans fired a rocket that hit his wingman. His wingman veered into my Father's plane...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 18 February 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 18-Feb-44.

Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, UK 7 April 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 5 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville with Wilson crew 5-Jun-44; mid air collision went down in English Channel. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 5384

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 15:38:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650590

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5384 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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