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42-31895

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Presque Is 3/2/44; Grenier 11/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Y] Thorpe Abbotts 16/2/44; Missing in Action Misburg/Hamburg 31/12/44 with Paul Carroll, Co-pilot: Harry Winger, Navigator: George Klare, Bombardier: Cliff Averett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Irvin Olson, Radio Operator: Lee Westman, Ball turret gunner: Larry Isola, Waist gunner: Otis Ross, Tail gunner: Fred Bracken (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Wesermunde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11365. MISS CHIEF.

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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifford Averett

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1944 in A/C #42-31895, Hamburg. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Bracken

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ PH

  • Paul Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-31895. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Mark Gummersall

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    On 12 May 1944, Gummersall was the Command Pilot for the mission to Brux.

  • Reginald Holliday

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, thereafter Flight Control Officer | 100th Bomb Group
    Reg Holliday served as a co-pilot with the 418th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Thorpe Abbotts, England, Dec. 1943-May 1944. Upon completion of his combat service he was trained for Flight Control Officer duty and was assigned...

  • Lawrence Isola

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-31895. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Klare

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1944 in A/C #42-31895. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irvin Olson

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-31895. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Otis Ross

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-31895. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Skapin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Ed flew 30 missions as a B-17 Aerial Gunner in the European Theater with the 100th Bomb Group.

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Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

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) Germany 31 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2020 02:06:11 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #772 for 31 Dec 1944.

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 18:26:59 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
17 October 2016 21:01:29 mpfaley Changes to description
Sources

Michael P. Faley, 100th Bomb Group Historian , www.100thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 00:08:52 Randyhol Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Information from Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reg C. Holliday, CP on crew of Lt. Mark Gummersall.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 00:07:36 Randyhol Changes to person associations
Sources

Lt. Mark Gummersall led crew on 25 missions.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 00:06:24 Randyhol Changes to person associations
Sources

Co-Pilot, crew of Lt. Mark Gummersall

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11365 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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