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42-31504

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 5/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG (LN-Q) Thorpe Abbotts 16/12/43; transferred 418BS [LD-E]; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Kinder, Co-pilot: Theo Schmuck, Navigator: Dale Wynn, Bombardier: Bill Dodd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Wilson, Radio Operator: Bob Mazzacane, Ball turret gunner: Chas Daniels, Waist gunner: Dave Castle, Waist gunner: Gene Wayrynen, Tail gunner: Chas Stewart (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, one windmilling, crashed S of Niederbacheim, near St Goarhausen, Ger Missing Air Crew Report 4865. ROSIE'S RIVETERS.

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

  • Ronald Bailey

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    10 October 1943 Munster (Royal Flush). Completed a tour with the 100th. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • Michael Bocuzzi

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group

  • David Castles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31504 'Rosie's Riveters'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31504 'Rosie's Riveters'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Loren Darling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    10 October 1943 Munster (Royal Flush). Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller. Also mentioned in "Flying Fortress" on page 199 by Edward Jablonski.

  • William DeBlasio

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Mentioned in the book "Flying Fortress" on page 199 by Edward Jablonski.

  • William Dodd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31504 'Rosie's Riveters'. Prisoner of War (POW). William died on 1st January 1990.

  • Clarence Hall

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Mentioned on page 199 in the book "Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski.

  • Alexander Kinder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31504 'Rosie's Riveters'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Winifred Lewis

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Flew on 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (ROYAL FLUSH) Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller. Also Mentioned in "Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski (page 199).

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 18:42:11 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 18:16:40 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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