You will find the following explanatory notes on this page:
Errors on this Website  top
The Internet has made it possible to present the history of the 100th Bomb Group of World War II to the world. This history has been collected from various sources:
  • Official documents
  • Personal diaries
  • Individual interviews
  • Photograph and other document collections
  • Articles written by veterans
  • Splasher Six newsletter articles
  • Thousands of hours of research by the historical staff

You will find errors on this website. You will see typographical errors, name errors, date errors, grammar errors, misspelled words, etc. We have made every effort to present the 100th's history as accurately as possible, but we realize we have made mistakes, and we will be happy to correct these mistakes if OPERATIONAL HISTORY is involved. Use the contact form to let us know about our mistakes.

However, and this is a big "however", please don't request a change unless the change would have an impact on the OPERATIONAL HISTORY of the 100th Bomb Group. You be the judge.  We will assign the priority for action.

Of course, we will assign the highest priority to the correction of proper name spelling.

We sincerely thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


 

Adding Material to this Website  top
This site contains 1.7 million words, 1,800 pages and 8,000 photographs. Because of this, we consider it to be a "mature" site and do not plan to add new material unless there is a compelling reason to justify the addition. This statement applies mainly to photographs that would normally be placed in the photo sections. We feel that we have posted enough photos to present an accurate photographic history of the 100th.

Of course, we will continue to collect photos and maintain them in the photo archives. The only change in policy is that most of the new photos we receive will not be posted on the website. Please use the contact form if you have photos or other material you wish to submit to the historians or photo archivist..

Here are the exceptions to this policy:

  • We will continue to populate the CEMETERIES section until we have posted photos of all 100th BG overseas graves.
  • We will continue to populate the POW section as new material is received.
  • We will continue to add material to the ESCAPE & EVASION section until it is complete.
  • We will continue to update all DATABASE TABLES as necessary.
  • We will continue to add newly acquired crew photographs to CREW PAGES. For a list of pages that need photos, click here.

Again, we sincerely thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


 
 
Crew Position Codes  top
AE Aerial Engineer (see notes)
BOM (B) Bombardier
BTG (BT) Ball Turret Gunner
COM (COM/P) Command Pilot Position
CP Copilot
LWG (LW) Left Waist Gunner
MIC (MO) (RAD) Radar Nav (Mickey Operator)
MO (MIC) (RAD) Radar Nav (Mickey Operator)
NAV (N) Navigator
NG Nose Gunner / Togglier
P Pilot
RAD (MIC) (MO) Radar Nav (Mickey Operator)
ROG (R) Radio Operator / Gunner
RWG (RW) Right Waist Gunner
TTE (E) Top Turret Gunner / Engineer
TG (T) Tail Gunner
TOGG (TOG) Nose Gunner / Togglier
WG (W) Waist Gunner

 
 
Crew and Aircraft Status Codes  top
CL Crash Landing
CPT (CT) Completed Tour
DUR On base for duration of war
EVA (EVAD) (EVADEE) Evader
ESC Escaped
FEH Flying at end of hostilities
GND Ground personnel
IIC Injured in crash
INT Interned in neutral country
KIA Killed in action
KIC Killed in crash
FTR Failed to return
LWA Lightly wounded in action
MIA Missing in action
NOC (NC) No other category or status
POW Prisoner of war
REC Rescued
RFS Removed from flight status
RZI (RZOI) Returned to zone of interior
SAL Salvaged
SWA (SWIA) Severely wounded in action
UNK Unknown
WIA Wounded in action
XTF Transfer out of unit
XFR (XFER) Transfer out of group

 
 
Target Codes  top
AC Aircraft
AF Airfield
CLS Claims of enemy aircraft destroyed
LR Last resort target
MT Motor transport
MY Marshalling yard
NOBALL Rocket site target
ST Secondary target
TA Target area
TO Target of opportunity
 
Code Notes
1. The USAAF originally used a single letter position code, but this was changed as the war progressed, and the standard used in most historical archives is the three letter code.
 
2. All nose gunners (NG) were also toggliers (TOG). Usually the spare waist gunner (WG) was used for this purpose, especially after the reduction to nine-man crews.
 
3. All toggliers (TOG) were also nose gunners (NG).
 
4. The code, AE (Aerial Engineer), was used early in World War II, and usually stateside. It was rarely used to list crew positions overseas, although you will see it on a few crew lists. The Aerial Engineer was typically a secondary specialty in case another crew member became incapacitated.
 
5. The reduction to nine-man crews occurred in August and September 1944.

 
 
Date Format: On this site, you will see dates in three basic formats  top
American (mm/dd/yy)
European (dd/mm/yy)
U.S. Military (dd mmm yy)
Variations (12 Jan 43):  
1/12/43 American
12/1/43 European
01/12/43 American
1-12-43 American
12 Jan 43 U.S. Military
12 Jan 1943 U.S. Military
12-Jan-43 U.S. Military
12-Jan-1943 U.S. Military
 
What does all this mean?
The European format used in many crew listings can be very confusing for American users. Likewise, the American standard is confusing for European users. 12/10/43 is October 12, 1943 in Europe and December 10, 1943 in the United States. To make matters worse, there are pages on this site that include several different formats - all on the same page! We apologize for this lack of standardization.

 
 

Rank: This is our policy regarding the display of ranks on this website  top

1. Service members could advance rapidly through the ranks during World War II. This was especially true in 8th Air Force units.
 
2. The ranks you see displayed on this website are typically the ranks held when individuals joined the 100th Bomb Group.
 
3. For example, an enlisted man could join the 100th Bomb Group as a Corporal (Cpl) and complete his tour as a Technical Sergeant (T/Sgt).  An officer could join as a 2nd Lieutenant (2nd Lt) and exit as a Captain (Capt). We would normally display the entry (lower) rank.
 
4. It is impossible to display all ranks held during a tour, so we have chosen to standardize the website as much as possible by displaying the rank held when an individual joined the 100th.
 
5. We understand that people like to see their highest ranks, however we believe that entry ranks produce a more standardized display.
 
6. You will see different ranks for the same individual, sometimes on the same page. This is due to the rapid advancement mentioned above. Our standardization scheme is not perfect.
 
7. We receive the occasional request to change the displayed rank for an individual. Unfortunately, we cannot comply unless there is compelling proof that the displayed rank is not at least the rank held when the individual joined the 100th Bomb Group.