William Kennedy just after he was awarded his first Air Medal. Kennedy Crew Information (100th Photo Archives)
"Flew my first mission in June, 1944 and my last in October, 1944"
Bill has written up memories of his time with the 100th Bomb Group for the Association's website. Read the full version here: https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273
Here is an excerpt:
On seeing the sky full of bombers, he wrote:
"When the days were clear, it was surreal. Blue sky above and red rooftops dotting green ground below. There were eerie, hollow hums and whines on VHF. Contrails got to be a hazard, forcing succeeding groups higher. On Mes (Maximum Efforts) it was possible for the large number of planes to create so many contrails that it amounted to an artificial overcast."
"Try flying formation on instruments. The one at the controls fixed on the lead ship, the other pilot calling out attitude from the instrument panel to help overcome vertigo. For example: "...level, ...shallow turn left, ...climbing turn right." Formations flying in the soup didn't hold together very long."
"The most nerve-wracking part of the flight? All of it, especially the bomb run. The most boring part of the flight? None of it."
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"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...
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...
|Flew first mission
||Fallersleben, Wolfsburg, Germany
||20 June 1944
To Fallersleben, Germany
|Flew last mission
||17 October 1944
To Cologne, Germany