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An ambulance of the 100th Bomb Group attends to crew of a burning B-24 Liberator of the 445th that crashed whilst attempting to land at Thorpe Abbotts. Written on slide casing: 'Crash at Thorpe Abbotts, 6/4/45.'



  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb 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...


  • William Shank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Was Pilot of B-24 # 44-48854 of 445th BG/ 701st BS when it crashed attempting to land at Thorpe Abbotts on 6 April 1945.



  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:32:30 AAM AAM ingest

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