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42-37796

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 28/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Bill Fletcher, Co-pilot: Dick Roper, Navigator: George Browning, Bombardier: Howard Venzie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Callahan, Radio Operator: George Reid, Ball turret gunner: Peitro Deaquinto, Waist gunner: Alex Sosik, Waist gunner: John Seman, Tail gunner: Dave Robb (10 Prisoner of War); battle damaged plus mech fault, force landed Halfweg, between Amsterdam & Harlem, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2761. npo FLETCHER’S CASTORIA III.

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

  • George Browning

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Callahan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Fletcher

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW) at Barth in Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Peitro Geaquinto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • George Reid

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • David Robb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Roper

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    A former truck driver, R M Roper enlisted as a private but passed cadetship as 4 engine pilot. Commissioned 28 May 1943. Served in UK, 9 Sept 1943-20 June 1945 Station 139 Thorpe Abbotts. On 21 February 1942 his plane was forced to make an emergency...

  • John Seman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alexander Sosik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Venzie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical/engine failure near Halweg, Holland on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37796. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Hollland 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2020 21:09:48 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2020 20:32:09 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”. Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2761 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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