100th Bomb Group

100th Bombardment Group (H)

"The Bloody Hundredth"

13th Combat Wing, 3rd Bomb Division, 8th USAAF
The 100th Bombardment Group was composed
of the 349th, 350th, 351st and 418th Squadrons.


  Assigned to the Third Bomb, later Air, Division of the 8th USAAF on June 1st 1943, the Group was based temporarily at Station 109 (Podington), between June 2nd and 8th 1943. The Group moved to Station 139 at Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk on June 9th 1943, which was still under construction at the time. The 100th BG remained at Thorpe Abotts until Dec 11 1945.
Throughout this period in it's history, the Group flew B-17Fs and Gs during which time it completed 306 missions and received two Distinguished Unit Citations for missions to Regensburg on August 17th 1943, and for missions to Berlin for the period between March 4th and 8th, 1944.
As a result of the heavy losses, which the BG sustained, the 100th BG became known as "The Bloody Hundredth" and the "Hard-Luck Group". In fact, it's losses overall (177), were roughly comparable to that of other B-17 and B-24 Groups. However, the difference was in the high number of losses from individual missions effecting one or more Bomb Squadrons and reducing their strength to critical levels.


On September 11th 1944, the Group was under the command of Col. Thomas Jeffrey. All four squadrons of the Group took part in the mission to the Ruhland refineries, and despite their severe losses continued to Ruhland and bombed the target.
A claim of 16 enemy aircraft was made by the air-gunners after the B-17s returned to their home base. This would not have included any figures from 350th BS, of which sadly none returned. Among the survivors who landed at Thorpe Abbots were a number of wounded crew and damaged aircraft. Nevertheless, the 100th BG returned to bomb the oil refineries at Magdeburg on the following day.

The Group Identification was a "D" in a square painted on the tail and the right wing. Since July 1944 colored nose-bands differentiating the squadrons were painted on some aircrafts. Since January 1945 the rudder was painted black and a black diagonal stripe was added to the right wing.


Code letters and colors of nosebands of the 100th BG squadrons:

Click on the link bellow to see more interesting points of history of the 100th BG related to the Czech Republic (other than of 11th September 1944):

"The Bloody Hundredth Yesterday and Today"


A B-17F "King Bee" warbird today, a tribute to the 100th BG (owner - Dave Talichet, 100th BG veteran)

History of the "Bloody Hundredth", by R. Le Strange and Jim Brown


…and the BEST at the end of this section...