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10th October 1943 - 100th BG Decimated

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After suffering heavy losses earlier in 'Big Week', the 100th BG could only put up 18 planes for the Munster raid, along with two aircraft from the 390th BG to make 20 in total. Six aircraft aborted over the North Sea including one of the 390th planes, this left only 13 100th BG aircraft.

 

A/C 42-30830 "M’lle Zig Zig" LD-U

A/C 42-30090 "EL P’sstofo" 349th XR-B

A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT" 351ST EP-M

A/C 42-3433 "LENA" 350TH LN-W

A/C 42-30023 "FOREVER YOURS" 349TH XR-M

A/C 42-30823 "INVADIN MAIDEN" 350TH LN-F

A/C 42-30734 "SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS" 351ST EP-G

A/C 42-30723 "SEXY SUZY, MOTHER OF TEN" 351ST EP-D

A/C 42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL" 350TH LN-Q

A/C 42-30725 "AW-R-GO" 350TH LN-Z

A/C 42-3237 STYMIE 418TH LD-R

A/C 42-3229 "PASADENA NENA 349TH XR-A

A/C 42-6087 "ROYAL FLUSH" 418TH LD-Z

 

'Royal Flush' was the only 100th BG crew to return from the mission with two engines shot out and two crew members seriously wounded. Of the other crews, 37 men were killed, 82 made POW and one escaped.

 

Thorpe Abbotts was a very empty and depressing place after the Munster mission.

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And just imagine all the ground crews, waiting out there on the field for hours, listening desperately for any sound of another returning plane......

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Morale was made even worse due to the fact that two days earlier, the 100th Bomb Group had already lost seven aircraft on a mission to the U-Boat pens at Bremen. Add this to the tally of lost aircraft on October 10th and it paints a very sobering picture.

 

I visited Thorpe Abbotts this morning just after 8am and sat on the original runway all by myself and thought about what had taken place 65 years earlier. Then this eveing I re-visited with the family in the Chrysler.

 

It was a day to remember.

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:( A black day indeed... Are all the crew buried in the same cemetery?

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The aircraft were lost at various points along the route, so those who were killed could have been burried locally to the crash sites, though some bodies may have been returned to the States after the war.

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Thanks, another questions, were all 37 bodies recovered? Currently it's estimated over a 1000 aircraft are still somewhere in Dutch soil / water, mostly with the remains still in them.

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