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42-107211

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-N] Thorpe Abbotts 20/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Carl Gustafson, Co-pilot: Mike Newmerowski, Navigator: Vic Kinkade, Bombardier: Marcena Dottoviano, Radio Operator: Tony Trebnik, Ball turret gunner: Jack Kromer, Waist gunner: Frank Caldwell,Tail gunner: Bill Ewing (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Fife (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Mannstedt, N of Weimar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8795.THE LIBERTY BELLE.

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

  • Frank Caldwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42-107211

  • Marcena Dottoviano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42107211

  • William Ewing

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42107211

  • Robert Fife

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Engineer
    Shot down 29 July 1944 in AC #42107211. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Gustafson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42-107211, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Victor Kinkade

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42107211

  • Jack Kromer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42107211

  • Michael Newmerowski

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 42-107211

  • Anthony Trebnik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mannstedt in B-17 #42107211

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 29 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7816 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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