Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Gore 17/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Henry Shotland, Co-pilot: Chas Thompson, Navigator: Tom Doran, Bombardier: Bill Harrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Field, Radio Operator: Ed Kussman, Ball turret gunner: Larry Capdeville, Waist gunner: John Keegan, Waist gunner: Roy Butler (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Foster Compton (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit wing which caught fire, crashed Boxheierhof, SE of Burstadt, 10 miles N of Mannheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 680. DAMIFINO aka THE WAAC HUNTER.
"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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30002 'The WAAC Hunter', Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230002 'The WAAC Hunter. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot / Pilot
Major Fuller was Command Pilot on this 20 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany, on board B-17 #42-97564. Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland. Captured and made Prisoner of War (POW). Was the last of the original Bloody 100th to be...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30002 'The WAAC Hunter. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30002 'The WAAC Hunter', Prisoner of War (POW).
17 August 1943
The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...
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...
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