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Mission Target: REGENSBURG, AC FACTORY

DATE: 1943-08-17 RESULT: EXCELLENT
CREW LOST: 90 AIRCRAFT LOST: 9
MISSION: 16 CLS: 49

NOTES

PHOTOS:

 Owen "Cowboy" Roane crew with Moe (Mohammed). Brought back from Regensburg misson Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Major William Veal, 349th Squadron Commanding Officer and Major Jack Kidd, Group Operations Officer in North Africa with locals. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) William Veal information | Jack Kidd information | Regensburg mission information 

 Bone Air Field in North Africa where most of the 100th A/C landed on 17 Aug 43 after the Regensburg mission. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) | Regensburg mission information 

 Notice of Internment letter sent to the mother of James P. Scott of the Donald K. Oakes crew. This crew is thought to have been the first crew to land in Switzerland. (100th Photo Archives) 

 HIGH LIFE crash site in Dubendorf, Switzerland, 17 AUG 43. Donald Oakes crew information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Low on fuel, 351st aircraft struggle to reach North Africa after the Regensburg mission on 17 Aug 43. The low plane is A/C 230086 Black Jack flown by Victor Fienup and Eugene Mulholland. This crew was later shot down on 3 Sep 43 with 2 KIA. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) Fienup crew information | Regensburg mission information 

 Regensberg 17 Aug 43, 349th aircraft of the 100th High Squadron in light flak. The lead aircraft in the center, B-17F Laden Maiden 25861 XR-J flown by Owen "Cowboy Roane" ,the next aircraft Horny 230611 was flown by Henry M. Henington, plane in lower right is not positively identified. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Regensberg 17 Aug 43 - Austrian Alps. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Major John "Bucky" Egan, photograph was on the front page of Stars and Stripes August24, 1943, one week after the Regensberg mission. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Lead Squadron Regensberg 17 Aug 1943. The damaged B-17 in the center was flown by Robert Wolff. In September 1943 the Germans were to fish Bob and his crew out of the English Channel. Wolff's water landing was one of the most successful of the war. There were no injuries, either in the landing or egress. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) Bob Wolff's damaged B-17 over Italy 17 Aug 1943. Detailed information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Regensberg damage to the 418th's "WOLFf PACK." (100th Photo Archives) 

Wolff Pack 230061 LD-Q, 418th in North Africa - 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

"WOLFF PACK" 230061 
LD-Q, in Africa after Regensberg - 17 Aug 1943 Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Spectacular view of "WOLFF PACK's" damaged vertical stabilizer. Regensberg - 17 Aug 1943. The pilot, Bob Wolff, feared the impact had destroyed the aircraft. For the remainder of the flight both vertical and directional control was limited. He reported extensive buffeting in the rudder pedals and the control yoke. His offer to the crew to bail out if desired found no takers. Wolff was considered one of the 418th best aviators. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

23393 Just-a-Snappin LD-Y  departing the target area at Regensberg - 17 Aug 1943. The river below this aircraft is most probably the Danube. (100th Photo Archives) 

STYMIE LD-R -John Brady pilot. Photo taken from "WOLFF PACK" by the pilot Bob Wolff - Regensberg 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 Landing in North Africa after Regenberg - 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 B-17s of 96th Bomb Group refueling in North Africa after Regensberg - 17 Aug 1943. These are early F variants, considered by many as the most beautiful of the series. Beauty is as beauty does however, and the familiar 'Chin Turret' of the G variant provided a much greater weigh of fire. (100th Photo Archives) 

 "WOLFF PACK" 230061 LD-Q, damaged vertical stabilizer in North Africa after Regensberg - 17 Aug 1943 Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Damaged "WOLFF PACK" enroute to North Africa from Regensberg 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 On return from Regensburg rain, Cruikshank crew being interviewed by Gladwyn Hill of AP and Samuel Goldstein, Life and AP Photographer. (100th Photo Archives) 

 100th aircraft in Africa LD-U - 42-30066 Mugwump - Charles Cruikshank/ John Egan, EP-A, Thomas Murphy & Beirne Lay Jr (Foreground) this is the famous "PICADILLY LILLY," 42-5864,  XR-J 25861 Cowboy Roane - "LADEN MAIDEN," XR-D,230611 Henington - "HORNY" (100th Photo Archives) 

 Telergma North Africa, 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 Manual refueling in North Africa. Sheep may safely graze here. (100th Photo Archives) 

 the 100th over the Alps after bombing Regensburg 17 Aug 1943. Observe the "loose" formation, a sure sign no fighters are in the area. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Ev Blakely Crew #35 in North Africa after Regensburg mission on Aug 17, 1943. Maj. Jack Kidd is also in the photo. 

 Lead Squadron flying over the Alps on 17 Aug 43. Command Pilot Jack Kidd (Group Operations Officer) & Ev Blakely in Just-a-Snappin A/C 23393 LD-Y, John D. Brady & John L. Hoerr in Stymie A/C 23237 LD-R, Command Pilot John Egan (418th Squadron Command Officer) and Charles Cruikshank in Mugwump A/C 230066 LD-U, and Bob Wolff & Charles Stuart in Wolff Pack A/C 230061 LD-Q. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini)  

 A/C 230061 Wolff Pack with damaged stabilizer, A/C 23393 Just-a-Snappin in lead, and A/C 230066 Mugwump at the bottom on the 17 Aug 43 Regensburg mission. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) Wolff crew information | Blakely crew information | Cruikshank crew information | Regensburg mission information 

 Photo of A/C 230061 Wolff Pack and A/C 23393 Just-a-Snappin taken from the nose of A/C 230170 Torchy 2. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) Wolff crew information | Barr crew information | Blakely crew information | Regensburg mission information 

Four 100th B-17s over the Alps, top "Cowboy" Roane in "LADEN MAIDEN," 2nd from top (smaller image) Henry Henington in "HORNY," center Bob Wolff in "WOLFF PACK, lower "Bucky" Egan and "Crankshaft" Cruikshank in "MUGWUMP". Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

HIGH LIFE interned in Switzerland on Aug 17, 1943 Donald Oaks Crew

HIGH LIFE interned in Switzerland on Aug 17, 1943 Donald Oaks Crew

Regensburg Mission clipping (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)