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Homer Lee Parish


As told on page 291 of Roger Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Homer Parish was underneath B-17 #42-107007 on return from the 11 July 1944 mission to Munich, cleaning his guns. Suddenly, one of the guns began to fire, sweeping the area as the turret swung from the recoil, causing all around to fling themselves flat on the ground for protection. The firing did not cease until the gun had consumed 207 rounds, killing Homer Parish as he tried to run to safety, and damaging three neighbouring B-17s. Killed Non-Battle (DNB).


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...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107007 She-Hasta

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/3/44. Missing in Action Merseburg 29 July 1944 with Pilot William L. Greiner Jr, Co-pilot James D. Coccia, Navigator Robert D. Fulkerson,...


  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

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...


Event Location Date
Born 23 October 1924

Montreal, Camden County, Missouri, United States

Lived in 1942

Konawa, Seminole County, Oklahoma

Killed Thorpe Abbotts, United Kingdom 11 July 1944

by sudden, unforeseeable firing from one of his ball turret's guns


Date Contributor Update
03 July 2020 09:36:59 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

WWII Draft card
WWII Casualties for Seminole County, Oklahoma
Roger Freeman's "MIGHTY EIGHT WAR DIARY" page 291.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /