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42-5860

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Denver 2/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill Fd 17/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43 as POONTANG (never painted on); Missing in Action Schweinfurt (Regensburg) 17/8/43 with Curtis Biddick (never found), Co-pilot: Dick Snyder (found months later, still hanging in tree), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Godbey, Radio Operator: Bob DeKay (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Dennis, Bombardier: Dan McKay, Ball turret gunner: Walt Halunka, Waist gunner: Howard Brock, Waist gunner: Bill Blank, Tail gunner: Clarence Bowlin (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit nose which caught fire, crashed Schweinberg, 18 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 675. ESCAPE KIT.

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

  • Curtis Biddick

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5860 'Escape Kit', Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on 24 July 1943 flew B-17 #42-30184 'Muggs' flew first 8th AF attack on Norwegian target. Crash landed on return at Aberdeenshire. All crew returned.

  • William Blank

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Bowlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Brock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert DeKay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • John Dennis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Godbey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Halunka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dan McKay

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Richard Snyder

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425860 'Escape Kit. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 17:45:55 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2019 23:43:58 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Edited description for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 675 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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