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John Francis Stephens



  • 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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron


  • John Stephens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423237 'Stymie' Prisoner of War (POW). POW


  • 42-3237 Stymie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-R] Podington 31/5/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with John Stephens, Co-pilot: Hoyt Smith, Navigator: Rudi Grum, Bombardier: Bill Moore, Flight engineer...


  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...


  • 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
16 March 2018 22:32:39 Dave Winther Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Updated by nephew, David Winther