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42-30725

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Love Fd 7/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Capt Chas Cruikshank, Co-pilot: Glen Graham, Navigator: Capt Frank Murphy, Bombardier: Gus Gaspar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Weeks, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bixler Wounded in Action, Waist gunner: Don Garrison, Waist gunner: Jim Johnson Wounded in Action (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Orlando Vincenti, Tail gunner: Chas Clark (2 Killed in Action); set on fire by fighters and exploded, crashed Lienen, 15 miles NE of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1028. AW-R-GO.

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

  • Robert Bixler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Charles Cruikshank

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Garrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • August Gaspar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Graham

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Murphy

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Wounded in Action on 10 October 1943, when his aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress 42-30725 nicknamed "AW-R-Go" was shot down on a mission over Munster. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Sagan; Stalag VIIA, Moosburg (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse...

  • Orlando Vincenti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Weeks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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
18 November 2020 18:59:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28604638

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:02:42 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:00:50 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added 3 spaces to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 21:58:47 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1028 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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