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Donald K Oakes


Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30080 'High Life'. Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • 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:...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born Riverside, California, USA
Interned (INT) Germany 17 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
10 January 2020 19:18:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography and unit associations

Added a connection to 8th AF. Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 09:38:38 apollo11 Changes to place associations

Information gathered after visiting the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 683 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database