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42-30047

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Hill 5/5/43; Wendover 10/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Rich Atchison, Co-pilot: Willard Secor, Navigator: Ken Baron, Bombardier: Sol Goldstein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russ Bennett, Tail gunner: Van Write (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Elder Lisch, Ball turret gunner: Clarry Coombs, Waist gunner: Westley Field, Waist gunner: Elliott Preble (4 Killed in Action); hit by wreckage of B-17 & Me 109, crashed Schirl-Beverstrang, four miles E of Ostberven, near Munster, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1031. SWEATER GIRL.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Atchison

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Kenneth Baron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30047 'Sweater Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Russel Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Coombs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Westley Field

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sol Goldstein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elder Lisch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30047 'Sweater Girl'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elliott Preble

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Willard Secor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Van Write

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30047 'Sweater Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 10 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 19:50:31 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 19:48:19 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and unit associations
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”. Added a connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1031 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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