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42-107137

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 27/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 3/5/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Chas Harding, Co-pilot: Ben Wilson, Navigator: Tom Hunt, Bombardier: John Craven, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norbert Fike, Radio Operator: Tom Miles, Ball turret gunner: Norman Fuller, Waist gunner: Wesley Peck, Waist gunner: Lester Henderson (escaped later and ret UK),Tail gunner: Bob Buchanan (10INT); flak hit KO’d #3 after dropping bombs; force landed Payerne, Switz. Missing Air Crew Report 7502; repaired & ret group, the last to leave Switzerland for Burtonwood, UK; Salvaged 9AF Germany 2/1/46.

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

  • Robert Buchanan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    INT Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42107137

  • John Craven

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier
    INT Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42107137

  • Norbert Fike

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner, Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 13 July 1944 in AC #42107137. Interned in Switzerland.

  • Norman Fuller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 13 July 1944 in AC #42107137. Interned in Switzerland.

  • Charles Harding

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    First mission 30 May 1944. Flew 17 missions including D-Day & first Russian shuttle mission. Shot down over Munich 13 July 1944 in A/C 42-107137. Got into Switzerland. Interned (INT). Escaped November 1944. AM

  • Lester Henderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    INT Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42107137

  • Thomas Hunt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator, Navigator; Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 July 1944 in B-17 #42107137. Crashed in Switzerland. Interned. (100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 lists Prisoner of War (POW). )

  • Thomas Miles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner
    Shot down 13 July 1944 in AC #42107137. Interned in Switzerland. at Wengen Annotated on Together we Served USAF. Shuttle Bombing Missions over eastern Germany to Poltava Russia; D-Day bombing of bridges and trains, ...

  • Wesley Peck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 July 1944 in B-17 #42107137. Crashed in Switzerland. Interned. (100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 lists Prisoner of War (POW). )

  • Bennie Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    INT Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42107137

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 13 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7502 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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