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42-30002

B-17 Flying Fortress

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.

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

  • Roy Butler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230002 'The WAAC Hunter. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Capdeville

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Foster Compton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Thomas Doran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230002 'The WAAC Hunter. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lloyd Field

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner

  • Magee Fuller

    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...

  • William Harrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • John Keegan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner

  • Edward Kussman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30002 'The WAAC Hunter. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Shotland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30002 'The WAAC Hunter', Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    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 ...

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 17 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 680 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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