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Everett E Blakely


RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.
Mentioned in Harry Crosby's book, "A Wing and a Prayer". Plane - B-17 - 'Just-A-Snappin''

Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.




  • Lester Saunders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Lester Saunders died of wounds on 15 October 1943 after being injured on a mission to Bremen on 8 October 1943. ...

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb 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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30061 Just-a-Snappin, Wolff Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/434; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43 WOLFF PACK; Returned to the USA Homestead 12/7/44; 1 BU Wright 17/7/44; 328 BU Gulfport 26/1/45; with Alvin...


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Y] Thorpe Abbotts 5/7/43; battle damaged Bremen 8/10/43 with Capt Everett Blakely, Co-pilot: Chas Via wia-shot down two enemy aircraft, Navigator: Harry Crosby, Bombardier: Jim Douglas,...

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...


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Born Seattle, Washington 1 April 1905


Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 19:14:34 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added a connection to the 100th BG - see pg. 173 in the book"Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 19:13:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 13:47:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and place associations

"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 19:14:11 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C # 42-3393 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Unit History, Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 314