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42-29986

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Cheyenne 7/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Baer Fd 27/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 5/6/43; Missing in Action Juist Is (convoy) 25/6/43 with Capt Oran Petrich, Co-pilot: Bluford Mullens, Navigator: Ed Jones, Bombardier: Stan Morrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Max Brim, Radio Operator: Ed Zerblis, Ball turret gunner: Henry Rutherford, Waist gunner: Joe Bieu, Waist gunner: Pete Villabos, Tail gunner: Jim Strong (10 Killed in Action); fate unknown presumed ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 269.

Service

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

  • Joseph Bieu

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Max Brim

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stanley Morrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bluford Mullens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Oran Petrich

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Rutherford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Strong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Pete Villalbos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Zerblis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29986. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 25 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 03:27:10 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

dded a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 18:52:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 269 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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