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Aircraft: 230311

350th B-17F #42-30311 Flown by the crew of Thomas D. Hummel on the August 17, 1943 Regensburg mission. They were shot down by enemy aircraft near Scornsheim. There were two KIAs, Richard E. Bowler and Kenneth T. O'Connor - the remaining eight POWs.  This is one of the 100th's most famous photographs in that is shows a Luftwaffe S-2 Officer determining the identification of the aircraft... jb   (100th Photo Archives)

NAMES: "Maybe"



No notes on this aircraft


1943-05-12   Accepted into inventory
1943-05-14  Dallas also 15-May-43 Gore
1943-05-15  Love
1943-05-19  Rapid City
1943-06-22  Geider
1943-06-30  Grand Island
1943-07-07   Dallas
1943-07-23   Kearney
1943-07-26   Dow
0000-00-00  Assigned to UK (Date in 1943 unknown)
1943-08-17  FTR - Fighters Exploded - Schornsheim, Germany
1943-08-17  FTR - Fighters Exploded - Schornsheim, Germany

Pilot Info

Crew: 2 KIA, 8 POW

Related Info: : HUMMEL, THOMAS D


    My brothers and I grew up hearing that the name of his aircraft was the "Maybe". My father was Archie S. DEPEW, navigator on Thomas Hummel's B-17, #2030311. Story goes that the crew each put a name in a hat and my father's submission was picked. He chose the name thinking that "maybe they'd come back, and maybe they wouldn't ."