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A bomber crew of the 100th Bomb Group plan a route under the engines of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Left to right they are:
Standing:
2/Lt August H Gaspar;
S/Sgt James M Johnson;
T/Sgt Leonard R Weeks;
T/Sgt. Orlando E. Vincenti, of Carbondale, PA.
S/Sgt Don Garrison of Eldorado, Ill;
2/Lt Glenn E Graham.

Crouching:
Lt Frank Murphy of Atlanta , Georgia;
Sgt Clarence Coombs of Lisbon ME,
Major John C Egan of Mantiwoc, Wis
Lt Charles Cruikshank of Everett Mass.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 23 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280033.' [Censor no.]
Printed caption on reverse: 'Men who made shuttle-bombing raid on Regensburg. Printed caption on reverse: 'Men who made shuttle-bombing raid on Regensburg. Associated Press Photo shows Back Row, (left to right ) Second Lt August H Gaspar; S/Sgt James M Johnson; T/Sgt Leonard R Weeks; T/Sgt. Orlando E. Vincenti, of Carbondale, PA. S/Sgt Don Garrison of Eldorado, Ill; Second Lieut Glenn E Graham. Front Row Lt Frank Murphy of Atlanta , Georgia; Sgt Clarence Coombe of Lisbon ME, Major John C Egan of Mantiwoc, Wis and Lt Chas Cruikshank of Everett Mass. Photographed on their return to a U S Bomber Station "somewhere in England".'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 100th Bomb Group plan a route under the engines of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 23 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280033.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Men who made shuttle-bombing raid on Regensburg' Associated Press Photo shows: Back Row (left to right) ' T/Sgt Ira Bardman,of Greenlane,Penn; S/Sgt Alfred Clark of Dodge ,Mass;S/Sgt M J Casebolt, of Osborne, Ohio; T/Sgt James W Brady of Long Island N.Y.; S/Sgt Arthur H Eggleston,of New London, Conn; S/Sgt Wilks E Brown of Maple Lane Minn. (Front Row) Lt Chas A Stuart,of Shevesport, Louisiana; Lt Buzz White of Florence, Arizona; Lt Ret Wolff of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lt Larry McDonald,of Seattle,Wash. on their return to a Bomber Station "somewhere in England" yesteday ,August 22.'

Connections

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...

People

  • Clarence Coombs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230047 'Sweater Girl. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Cruikshank

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Egan

    Military | Major | Command Pilot, Pilot, Squadron Commander
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30830 "M'lle Zig Zag", Prisoner of War. ...

  • Donald Garrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • August Gaspar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Graham

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Murphy

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Wounded in Action on 10 October 1943, when his aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress 42-30725 nicknamed "AW-R-Go" was shot down on a mission over Munster. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Sagan; Stalag VIIA, Moosburg (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse...

  • Orlando Vincenti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Weeks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 15:32:06 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
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Corrected airmen associated with this record.
The Associated Press printed caption for FRE 906 had been stuck onto the back of FRE 905 and vice versa.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 14:07:52 PhillWray Changes to person associations
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Associaated Freeman Collection image from caption information Arthur H Eggleston.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 14:06:25 PhillWray Changes to person associations
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Associated Freeman Collection image from caption information M J Casebolt.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 14:01:47 PhillWray Changes to person associations
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Associated Freeman Collection image from caption information Alfred Clark

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 14:00:02 PhillWray Changes to person associations
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Associated Freeman Collecion inage from caption informatuion Ira Bardman.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 12:48:55 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
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FRE 906

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:38:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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