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Owen Roane: Supplemental Crew Page

Owen D. “Cowboy” Roane
Supplemental Crew Page

100th BG Photo Archives

2ND LT OWEN D. “COWBOY” ROANE P CPT 26 NOV 43 PARIS
2ND LT ARTHUR C. STIPE CP CPT 20 NOV 43 DURAN
2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER NAV CPT 29 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB ROG CPT 19 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (ST= ZUPHEN)
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART TTE CPT 19 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (ST= ZUPHEN)
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE BTG CPT 20 NOV 43 DURAN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE RWG CPT 20 NOV 43 DURAN
S/SGT A. HAUGE LWG NOC AFTER A FEW MISSIONS X-FERRED TO BASE MP’S.
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY TG CPT 20 NOV 43 DURAN

349th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th in late Jun 1943 as one of the first replacement crews.

LT OWEN D.”COWBOY” ROANE – LEDGENDARY 100TH PILOT

ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN OF THE 100TH LONG LIST OF WELL KNOWN AVIATORS. FOLLOWED GLEN DYE AS THE SECOND 100TH PILOT TO COMPLETE A TOUR.

EVERY 100TH VETERAN HAS A COWBOY ROANE STORY, RANGING FROM THE FAMOUS “DONKEY” TO ALL SORTS OF OTHERS. HE IS IMORTALIZED BY HIS FAMOUS RADIO TRANMISSION, “COMING IN WITH A FROZEN ASS”, WHETHER IT OCCURED OR NOT, PROABLY ONLY HE KNOWS FOR SURE, IT IS A PART OF THE 100TH MYSTIQUE.

HIS FLYING SKILLS WERE GREATLY ADMIRED BY HIS CREW AND OTHERS WHO FLEW WITH THE 100TH. LEADER OF SEVERAL DIFFICULT MISSIONS THAT INCLUDE THE 100TH TRIP TO SCHWEINFURT ON 14 OCT 43, “BLACK THURSDAY” AND THE ATTACK ON HITLER’S HEAVY WATER PLANT AT RJUKAN, NORWAY. IN HIS BOOK, THE STORY OF THE CENTURY, JOHN NILSSON ERRONEOUSLY CREDITS THIS MISSION LEAD TO SAM BARR, WHILE THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN LED SEVERAL OTHER 100TH MISSIONS, THIS NEAR PERFECT ONE WAS LED BY THE “COWBOY”. HIS MISSION LOG THAT FOLLOWS INCLUDES THE TOUGH TARGETS OF REGENSBURG, BREMEN, SCHEINFURT, HAMBURG AND OTHERS.

HE IS AN EYE WITNESS TO RICHARD SYNDER’S (“THE MAN ON THE WING”) GALLANT BID TO EGRESS 42-5860, COMMANDED BY C.R. BIDDICK, ON THE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBERG MISSION. AFTER RETIRING FROM THE USAF HE PERSUED A SECOND CAREER IN EDUCATION,BECOMING A PROMINENT FIGURE IN HIS AREA. DR.ROANE IS THE SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP ASSOCITATION (1991-1993) AND THUS WAS THE SPEAKER AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CURTIS LEMAY MEMORIAL AT THORPE ABBOTTS IN JULY 1992. HE IS ALSO THE PRESENT (1993) MAYOR OF HIS HOME TOWN, VALLEY VIEW. TEXAS.

MISSION LOG OF OWEN D. ROANE:

DATE TARGET
04 JUL 43 La PALLICE
10 JUL 43 La BOURGET
14 JUL 43 La BOURGET
17 JUL 43 HAMBURG
24 JUL 43 TRONDHEIM
25 JUL 43 WARNEMUNDE & KIEL
26 JUL 43 HANOVER
29 JUL 43 WARNEMUNDE
12 AUG 43 WESSELING
15 AUG 43 MERVILLE & LILLE
17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
24 AUG 43 BORDEAUX-MERIGNAC
31 AUG 43 MEULAN Les MEUREAUX
02 SEP 43 KERLIN-BASTARD
03 SEP 43 PARIS & BEAUMONT La ROGER
06 SEP 43 STUTTGART
07 SEP 43 WATTEN, V-WEAPONS
09 SEP 43 BEAUVAIS-TILLE
08 OCT 43 BREMEN
14 OCT 43 SCHWEINFURT (BLACK THURSDAY)
18 OCT 43 DUREN
20 OCT 43 DUREN
03 NOV 43 WILHEMSHAVEN
05 NOV 43 GILSENKIRCHEN
07 NOV 43 DUREN
11 NOV 43 MUNSTER
14 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY (HEAVY WATER)
26 NOV 43 PARIS
29 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK

From the 349th March 1944 Squadron Diary.

March 3: This was the day when nine of our ships (the 349th) went out to bomb Berlin — the first time an actual start was made by U.S, day bombers towards this greatest and most perilous target, it was cancelled because of weather after the planes were loaded and primed.

CCowboy (Owen D.) Roane, who came to us in July 1943 as a Flight Officer, left for the States today, wearing well deserved Captain’s bars. The diminutive Texan had proved in twenty-six missions (he flew one extra in February, after completing his requisite tour of twenty-five in November, 1943) to be one of the ablest, most calm, fearless and daring of all our great pilots; and his personality endeared him to all of us who came in contact with him, from KP’s to Colonels.