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42-30064

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-T] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action La Rochelle 16/9/43 with Bob Wolff, Co-pilot: Chas Stuart, Navigator: Larry McConnell, Bombardier: Fred White, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Simon, Radio Operator: Ira Bardman, Ball turret gunner: Bill Casebolt, Waist gunner: Art Eggleston, Waist gunner: Willis Brown, Tail gunner: Alf Clark (10 Prisoner of War); flak and enemy aircraft KO’d engine, crashed in Atlantic off Ile Madame, 12 miles S of La Rochelle, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 647. WILD CARGO.

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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ira Bardman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willis Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Casebolt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Eggleston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence McDonnell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Simon

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Stuart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fredric White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064, 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). (MACR lists Killed in Action (KIA). ) POW

  • Robert Wolff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30064 'Wild Cargo'. Prisoner of War (POW). From July '43 to Sept. '43 flew 7 1/2 missions, spent 19+ months as Prisoner of War (POW) POW; Air Medal; EAME Ribbon; Dist. Unit citation, WWII Victory Medal

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 16 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 22:02:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 01:13:03 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2020 23:23:00 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 647 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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