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A bomber crew of the 100th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hard Luck"

Top Row: T/Sgt "Hap" Holladay, S/Sgt Bob Goodman,S/Sgt Jim Yarnell, S/Sgt Clothier, S/Sgt Walt Schneider, S/Sgt Edward "Butch" Butchino, T/Sgt Earl Benham
Bottom Row: Lt Jack Ogg, Capt. Loren Van Steenis, Lt Harold Becker, Lt. Les Torbett

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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...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Killed instantaneously by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Earl Benham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. Flew on B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II', 28 x combat missions. Earl later wrote up his wartime experience in the book 'With Crew 13' Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Butchino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • J Clothier

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    7 MAY 44 BERLIN. CPT

  • Robert Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..

  • Archie Holladay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 battle star).

  • Jack Ogg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Schneider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lester Torbett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Wounded by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' 7-May-44; Wounded in Action (WIA) Subsequently grounded due to wounds. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 14:28:21 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Image Courtesy of James R Skalicky

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