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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

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

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.'

Connections

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "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...

People

  • Donald Oakes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230080 'High Life. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

Aircraft

  • 42-30080 High Life

    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:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    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 ...

Locations

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2016 02:24:28 mpfaley Changes to caption, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Michael Faley -100th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:43:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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