Commanded 100th Bomb Group from July 1943 to 19 April 1944.
Colonel Neil "Chick" Harding the 100th's first combat Commanding Officer. Colonel Harding led the 100th during the "awful period" - 1943 and early 1944. He is held in the highest esteem by all who served with him.
Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller and in "A Wing And A Prayer" by Harry H. Crosby" .
Units served with
"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...
|Commanding Officer 100th BG
||Thorpe Abbotts, UK
||2 July 1943 – 6 March 1944