B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102560 / The Thomper

B-17 #42-102560 / The Thomperzoom_in

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  • RCL: BG-X

MACR: 10840 / KSU/ME/KU: 3397

Missions: 62


History of
B-17 42-102560 / The Thomper

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 11/4/44; 62m, Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Chas Wicker, Co-pilot: Alf Rivas, Navigator: Fred Johnson, Bombardier: Warren Briggs, Radio Operator: Gordon Bryce (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Robinson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Knighton, Waist gunner: Don Dale,Tail gunner: Ed Kobley (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10840. THE THOMPER.

Last updated: 9. April 2020


B-17 42-102560 / The Thomper Details

From MACR 10840
B-17G 42-102560 piloted by 1st Lt. Wicker was first hit by flak in the fuselage near the bomb bay and the aircraft burst into flames. This occured at target at 1320 hours. At about 5000 feet below the formation the fuselage broke in half at almost the radio room. Two chute were seen to leave the aircraft.


B-17 42-102560 / The Thomper Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Charles C. Wicker KIA
CP 2LT Alfred Rivas KIA
BOMB 1LT Warren E. Briggs KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT James F. Robinson POW
RO T/SGT Gordon K. Bryce KIA
BT S/SGT James E. Knighton POW
WG S/SGT Donald C. Dale POW
TG S/SGT Edward J. Kobley POW

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