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Magee Charles Fuller

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Major Fuller was Command Pilot on this 20 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany, on board B-17 #42-97564. Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland. Captured and made Prisoner of War (POW). Was the last of the original Bloody 100th to be shot down.

Service

People

  • Louis Abromowitz

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Louis Abromowitz was First Navigator on B-17 42-97564 when it was shot down on the 20 July 1944 mission to Merseburg and the plane had to make a forced landing near Chaam, Holland. Like 4 other crew members, Abromowitz managed to evade capture, with...

  • George Bonitz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Lt George Bonitz was 2nd Navigator on the Merseburg mission of 20 July 1944, on board B-17 #42-97564. Hit by Flak, the plane made a forced landing between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). Helped by Dutch and...

  • Daniel Cargile

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    S/Sgt Daniel Cargile was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-97564, shot down by flak and force-landed between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Province, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD) Helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and members...

  • Robert Chavez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 20 July 1944 in AC #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW). Liberated, returned to United States and honorably discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Daniel Deason

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer
    Shot down 20 July 1944 in AC #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW). Liberated. Honorably discharged 4 September 1945.

  • Oscar Edge

    Military | Captain | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Oscar Edge was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17 #42-97564 when it was shot down 20 July 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Oscar Edge re-enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1945 and stayed in the USAF until his retirement as a Captain on 1 April 1964.

  • Bernard Farnum

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland on 20 July 1944 in B-17 #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Henry Griffis

    Military | Captain | Navigator, Radar, Radar Navigator
    Captain Henry Griffis was Radar Navigator on the Merseburg mission of 20 July 1944, on board B-17 #42-97564. Hit by Flak, the plane made a forced landing between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). See the details...

  • Francis Kincannon

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland in B-17 #42-97564 on 20 July 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Ended his Air Force career as a Lieutenant Colonel.

  • Robert Nance

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Captain Robert Nance was Bombardier on B-17 #42-97564, shot down by Flak on 20 July 1944. The Fortress force-landed between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). Nance was helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-106986

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/44; MacDill 23/1/44; Grenier 5/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-B] Thorpe Abbotts 28/2/44; Missing in Action Weisbaden 10/11/44 with John Lundquist, Willis Dickerman, Don Meston, Irving Wells, John Williamson, Jack Moore, Jim...

  • 42-30002

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Gore 17/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with...

  • 42-30042 Shack Rabbits, Oh Nausea

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Patterson 29/5/43; Detroit 3/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; SHACK RABBITS aka OH NAUSEA. ...

  • 42-30066 'Mugwump' aka 'Rum Boogie II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Gore 14/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-X] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; RUM BOOGIE II; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; as war weary F...

  • 42-31903 Hard Luck II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Kearney 30/1/44; Grenier 18/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 23/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Eden Jones, Co-pilot: Bob Ries, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Eadie, Radio Operator: Leo...

  • 42-3229 Pasadena Nena

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-A] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with John Justice (evaded capture & returned UK via Gibraltar); Navigator: Pete Battisti, Bombardier: Bill Brothers,...

  • 42-3534 Ol' Dad

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/7/43; Dyersburg 31/8/43; ...

  • 42-39934 "MY ACHIN’ BACK!"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; slated 452BG Deopham Green, but transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 21/11/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 15/3/44 with Capt Roland Knight, Co-pilot: Capt Herb Devore, Radio Operator: Bob...

  • 42-97564 Belle of Berlin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/12/43; 1SAG Langley 17/1/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton (H2X) 4/2/44; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/44; 5 missions. Missing in Action Merseburg 20 July 1944 as PATHFINDER ship, with Pilot Captain Francis...

Missions

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Erie, Pennsylvania 4 December 1917

Erie County, Pennsylvania

Prisoner of War (POW) 20 July 1944 – 1945

Immediately captured and interned at Stalag Luft 1 (North 1 Barracks) in Barth, Germany.

Buried Erie, Pennsylvania 1970

Magee Fuller rests at the Calvary Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Died Erie, Pennsylvania 4 July 1970

Erie, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 20:23:02 KaraF322 Changes to media associations
Sources

Image updated by Granddaughter Kara L. Fuller

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 20:21:01 KaraF322 Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Information updated by Granddaughter Kara L. Fuller, including information used from the 100th BG Foundation website.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2019 15:06:38 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7414
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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