A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group " HIGH LIFE" piloted by Lt Oakes that has crash-landed in Switzerland 17 August 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '17/8/43. 100BG. Switzerland.'
IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group that has crash-landed in Switzerland 17 August 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '17/8/43. 100BG. Switzerland.'
"The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30080 'High Life'. Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.
Post war Donald was the owner of Oakes Lumber ||Co. in Hesperia Calif. He died June 25th 1991 of respiratory failure.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Westover 3/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 23/5/43; Dow Fd 22/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Don Oakes, Co-pilot: Joe Harper, Navigator:...
17 August 1943
The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...