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42-39994

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/10/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-D] Thorpe Abbotts 16/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Sam Barrick, Co-pilot: Ira Munn, Navigator: Jim Guerrini, Bombardier: Jim Brady, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walfred Johnson, Radio Operator: Clifton Barton, Ball turret gunner: Ed Marlin, Waist gunner: Fred Thorpe, Waist gunner: Bill Dixon,Tail gunner: Hugh Fantone (10 INT - ret UK 9/44); enemy aircraft KO’d two engines, one afire and prop eventually fell off after unable to be feathered, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden, escorted in by two Swedish AF fighters; Missing Air Crew Report 3031. Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 20/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 24/7/45; 237 BU Kirtland 16/12/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 7/1/46. SNORT STUFF.

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

  • Samuel Barrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'SNORT STUFF' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Clifton Barton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • James Brady

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Bombardier
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Hugh Fantone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned. He was picked to repair the American planes that had landed in Sweden and he...

  • James Guerrini

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Walfred Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Edward Marlon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Ira Munn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • William Sapp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

  • Frederick Thorpe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    With two engines damaged by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39994 'Barrick's Bag' headed for Sweden and landed at Bulltofta. Interned.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 21:28:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added 3 spaces in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 02:11:07 mpfaley Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3031 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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