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A Year in the Life of a COWBOY
With the BLOODY 100th
The Personal Memoirs of Owen D Roane - Pilot,
United States Army Air Corps
Owen D. Roane (Author)
Paperback: 148 pages with photos
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
The humorous and poignant true story of a Texas boy who proved himself a man when faced with certain death amidst the most casualty - ridden bombing squadron in WWII. The Bloody Hundredth.
On June 1, 1942, the Army Air Forces activated the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) as an unmanned paper unit assigned to III Bomber Command. The group remained unmanned until October 27, 1942, when a small number of men, mostly fledgling polots, transferred from the 29th Bombardment Group to Gowen Field, Idaho, to serve as the groups initial cadre. By the following June, the 100th BG was positioned at Thorpe Abbotts Field in Norfolk, England. On the 23rd day of June, 1943, it flew its first combat mission against the submarine yards at Bremen, Germany - the beginning of the Bloody Hundredth's legacy.