Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384
Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return Abbeville 5-Jun-44. As he crossed the French coast over the English Channel, the Germans fired a rocket that hit his wingman. His wingman veered into my Father's plane...
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
"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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 18/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; Missing in Action French A/Fds 5/6/44 with Mark Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McAuliffe, Radio Operator: Gene Sweeney, Ball...
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...
||Detroit, Michigan, USA
||9 December 1922
||9 November 1942
||1944 – 5 June 1944
|Baled out POW
||5 June 1944
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||5 June 1944 – May 1945
Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.
||3 October 1945
||25 May 1987