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B-17G-55-BO Flying Fortress 42-102560 'The Thomper' 334th BS, 95th BG, 8th AF Lost on the November 30,1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. 5 KIA, 4 POW MACR 10840.
In the photo above from the 7th October 1944 the plane is under attack by German fighters and the tail gunner [William Ling] is returning fire. Note the damage in the right wing and wisps of fire starting to show.

The crew on that day were.
- Pilot: Lt. Nelson E. Day
- Co-Pilot: Lt. John J. Ferreter
- Navigator: Lt. George C. Hood
- Bombardier: Lt. Everett D. Andrews
- Radio Operator: T/Sgt. Bernard Cooper

- Top Turret Gunner: T/Sgt. David C. McQueen
- Ball Turret Gunner: S/Sgt. James E. Minaghan
- Waist Gunner: S/Sgt. Esker S. Downing
- Tail Gunner: S/Sgt. William Ling
Research done by Jing Zhou from



  • 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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron


  • William Ling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    William Ling served with the 95th BG as a tail gunner. The picture of 42-102560 taken on the 7th of October showing severe damage to the right wing and a Tail gunner shooting defiantly at attackers has been researched as to date by by Jing Zhou from...


  • 42-102560 'The Thomper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 11/4/44; 62m, Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Chas Wicker, Co-pilot: Alf Rivas, Navigator: Fred Johnson, Bombardier: Warren Briggs, Radio Operator:...


  • 731

    30 November 1944


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06 December 2015 19:00:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations