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42-30057

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 15/5/43; Wendover 21/5/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-D] Thorpe Abbbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Pilot Captain Sam R. TurnerWounded in Action, Co-pilot: William R. Freund, Navigator: Morris Weinberg, Bombardier: Vance Boswellwounded in action-lost left arm and eye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harold Smith, Radio Operator: Carmine A. Gallo, Left Waist gunner: James E. Speakman, Right Waist gunner: Carter F. Thornton,Tail gunner: DeWitt J. Wier (9 Interned in Switzerland. Ball turret gunner Joseph J. Moloney was Killed in Action - KIA. Enemy aircraft, ditched Lake Constance, Romanshorn, Switzerland; Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 689.

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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vance Boswell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned. Members of Sam R. Turner crew

  • William Freund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • Carmine Gallo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • Joseph Moloney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Plane shot up badly , ditched in Switzerland but demolished in Lake Constance. on 8 June 1943. Moloney was hit between the shoulder blades with a 20mm shell and killed before plane ditched. His body was found when the plane was raised they found his...

  • Harold Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner

  • James Speakman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • Carter Thornton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • Sam Turner

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • Morris Weinberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

  • DeWitt Wier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30057 'Raunchy. ' Plane ditched in Lake Constance, Switzerland. Interned.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 14:01:11 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 689

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 689 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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