040539 - MEMORIES AND STORIES OF THE 100th BOMB GROUP
By Robert Tienken
Memories and stories of the 100th Bomb Group. The Author was one of the original cadre which formed the 350th BS. He served as Squadron Supply Officer and Ast Adjutant and then in 1944 as Squadron Adjutant until September 1945. The book covers his experiences from being a senior in college and service from 1/5/42 to 12/23/45.
"The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many aircraft during a single mission. Both Distinguished Unit Citations awarded to the Group were awarded for missions when the Group, as well as successfully bombing the target, also lost a number of crews. In the case of the mission to Regensburg on 17 August 1943 the Group lost nine bombers and on a mission to Berlin in early March 1944, the Group lost fifteen bombers. The Group also received the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for attacking heavily defended installations in Germany and for dropping supplies to French Forces of the Interior between June and December 1944.