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42-30050

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 13/5/43; Wendover 17/2/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/2/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-X] Thorpe Abbotts 29/5/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget airfield 10 July 1943 with Charles L. Duncan, pilot; Navigator: Oliver M. Chiesl; Bombardier: William H. Forbes; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernest De Los Santos; Radio Operator: Edmund A. Oliver; Ball turret gunner: Bernard L. Hanover; Waist gunner: Gene F. Frank; Tail gunner: William D. Whitley (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Archibald L. Robertson; Waist gunner: Parrish Reynolds (after escaping from POW camp) (2 evaded capture); flak hit #1 engine; attacked by Fw190s, crashed near Sainte-Colombe, 7km SSE of Saint-Valéry-en-Caux, Seine Maritime, France. Missing Air Crew Report 268. JUDY E.

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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Oliver Chiesl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Oliver Chiesl was Navigator on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ernest De Los Santos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Ernest De Los Santos was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Duncan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Charles L. Duncan was pilot of "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Forbes

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    William Forbes Jr was Bombardier on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gene Frank

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner/Assistant Radio Operator
    Gene Frank was Assistant Radio Operator/Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bernard Hanover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer/Ball Turret Gunner
    Bernard Hanover's middle initial is given as "E" in MACR 268 and in his NARA POW records, while his WW II Enlistment Records have "I", the correct one. This is confirmed in his 29 January 1946 Draft Registration Card. He was assistant engineer on pilot...

  • Edmund Oliver

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Flew on 8 combat missions, 7 of them with pilot Mark E. Carnell. 8th Mission was a late replacement for John K. Beard, the regular radio operator on the Charles L. Duncan crew. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, was shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France...

  • Parrish Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer/Right Waist Gunner
    Sgt Parrish Reynolds was waist gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. He was replacing Sgt Clifford R. Starkey - later shot down on 17 August 1943 on B-17 42-5867. Reynolds...

  • Archibald Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Archibald Robertson was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-30050 "Judy E", shot down 10 July 1943 on the mission to Le Bourget airfield near Paris. He managed to evade capture with the help of French and Belgian members of the Résistance. Fed, clothed, sheltered and...

  • William Whitley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    William Whitley was Tail Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

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) France 10 July 1943

Shot down by Fw190s over NW France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2019 11:18:21 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 278
Research on the evasion of Co-Pilot Archibald Robertson (evader - E&E 116) - see http://www.evasioncomete.org/frobertal.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 268 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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