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Aircraft: 2107011

Shining Hour 2107011 May 29. 1944 with Lt Burdette Williams Crew Crashed in Torgau

2107011 LD-T "Shining Hour" with Lt Burdette Williams Crew returned from a mission May 9, 1944 with a 100lb General Purpose bomb wedged in the tail of the plane.  The bomb was defused and Tail gunner extracted only to perish a short while later.   Above is the photo of the tail being repaired.  Photo courtesy of Eileen Potts Smith 

NAMES: Shining Hour



Shining Hour


1944-01-25   Tulsa
1944-01-26  Accepted into Inventory
1944-02-16  Kearney
1944-03-06  Assigned to UK
1944-05-08  RTO - Bomb - Lt Burdette L. Williams - 1 KIA, 9 RM
1944-05-29  FTR - Fighters - Torgau, Germany
1944-07-29  FTR - Fighters - Torgau, Germany

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A



    See MACR - 04214    Aircraft Named by Lt Kincannon Crew-Robert Nance	


100th B Group, photo taken from SHINING HOUR. Courtesy of Capt Tong. 

This jacket in honor of my dad Elroy Yaroch- WG on Lt Burdette L. Williams Crew, POW May 29, 1944 and the crew of the Shining Hour. ( Spectacular job by Kip!) Photo courtesy of Douglas Yaroch 

 May 9, 1944, tail section of Lt William Burdette B-17G Sgt Raymond Cohen was wedged into the tail with the Armed 100 Lb General Purpose (G. P.) bomb.  He later died of his injuries but not before heroic effort by Doc Kinder, Wendell Stover, John S. Erp.  - Official USAAF photograph - 9 May 44 (100th Photo Archives) 

S/Sgt Leroy Moore of Burdette Williams Crew wearing his painted A-2 jacket Shining Hour next to tail of 337517 Heaven Can Wait LD-T. Courtesy of Son Scott Moore