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Personnel

T/Sgt

Robert R. DeKAY

Robert DeKay

Newspaper Clipping confirming T/Sgt DeKay loss on Regensburg Mission Aug 17, 1943

Army Serial Number: 36501948
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Radio Operator / Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 00675
CR: 00675
Comments: 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG (Original 100th, Crew #30)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Robert DeKay tiny daughter receives his award part 1PrintThe Daily Monitor Leader Feb 18 194412:00 am
Robert Dekay part 2PrintThe Daily Monitor Leader Feb 18 194412:00 am
Robert DeKay photo of widow receiving awardPrintThe Daily Monitor Leader Dec 29 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW
LT WILLIAM R. FLESH Original 100th BG Crew, 418th SQ

CREW #30 A/C #42-30066 "MUG WUMP" MACR #675

1ST LT WILLIAM R. FLESH P; See notes & crew listed below
F/O RICHARD L. SNYDER CP; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT JOHN C. DENNIS NAV; POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
1ST LT PAUL R. ENGLERT BOM; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART(with Crew#33, Lt Woodward )
T/SGT LAWRENCE E. GODBEY TTE; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT ROBERT R. DEKAY ROG; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT WALTER HALUNKA BTG; POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT WILLIAM M. BLANK WG; POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT CLARENCE R. BOWLIN TG; POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT CHARLES F. VIELBIG WG SEE NOTES

MISSIONS OF LT WILLIAM FLESH CREW:

JUNE 26, 1943 LeMANS a/c 230066 MUGWUMP (NO CREDIT FOR MISSION,PLANES RETURNED DUE TO WEATHER)
JUNE 28, 1943 ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY) a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JUNE 29, 1943 LeMANS a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 4, 1943 LaPALLICE a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 10, 1943 LeBOURGET a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 17, 1943 HAMBURG a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
AUG 17, 1943 REGENSBURG a/c 25860 ESCAPE KIT

ON REGENSBURG MISSION, LT WILLIAM FLESH WAS ON LEAVE AND LT CURTIS BIDDICK, OF CREW #28 REPLACED HIM. BIDDICK'S REGULAR BOMBARDIER, LT DAN McKAY REPLACED LT PAUL ENGLERT. LT BIDDICK WAS KIA AND McKAY, BADLY BURNED, WAS A POW.
T/SGT HOWARD J. BROCK OF CREW #35 (LT BLAKELY CREW), FLEW FOR CHARLES VIELBIG AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER.

ABOUT FORTY MILES NORTHWEST OF REGENSBURG THE AIRCRAFT WAS HIT IN RIGHT SIDE OF THE NOSE AND FUSELAGE BY 20-MM ROUNDS, WOUNDING GODBEY AND STARTING AN INTENSE OXYGEN SYSTEM FIRE IN THE FLIGHT DECK AREA. THE CO-PILOT RICHARD SNYDER WAS SEEN STANDING ON THE WING, APPARENTLY HAVING EGRESSED THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH A HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT HE HIT THE STABLIZER WHEN HE LEFT THE WING, AT ANY RATE HIS BODY WAS LOCATED SOME THREE MONTHS LATER HANGING IN HIS CHUTE HARNESS FROM A TREE BRANCH. THIS IS THE INCEDENT MENTIONED BY BEIRNE LAY IN HIS ARTICLE ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION. OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE ALSO REPORTED SEEING SNYDER'S GALLANT BID TO ESCAPE THE DOOMED "ESCAPE KIT."(42-5860) LT ROANE REPORTED SEEING SNYDER CLIMB OUT ON THE WING AND REACH BACK INSIDE FOR HIS CHUTE PACK, PROABLY THE HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE WAS TOO SMALL TO GET THROUGH WEARING A CHUTE PACK. SNYDER BUCKLED ON HIS CHUTE WHILE STANDING IN THE FIRE RAGING ON THE WING. THE FACT HE DID NOT SURVIVE DOES NOT DIMISH HIS VALIANT EFFORT. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Regensburg
Aircraft:
"Escape Kit" (42-5860)
Date:
1943-08-17
Cause:
EAC & Fire

Photos

William Flesh Crew

Lt William Flesh Crew Stateside with Mugwump. L-R Standing: T/Sgt Robert DeKay-ROG, Lt Paul R. Englert-Bom,Lt William R. Flesh-Pilot, Kneeling far right S/SGT Walter HALUNKA

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
1st Lt BIDDICK, Curtis R. P KIA
F/O SNYDER, Richard L. CP KIA
LT DENNIS, John C. NAV POW
Lt MCKAY, Dan B. BOM POW
T/Sgt GODBEY, Lawrence E. TTE KIA
T/Sgt DeKAY, Robert R. ROG KIA
S/SGT HALUNKA, Walter BTG POW
S/SGT BLANK, William M. WG POW
T/SGT BROCK, Howard J. WG POW
S/SGT BOWLIN, Clarence R. TG POW
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt FLESH, William R. P XFR
F/O SNYDER, Richard L. CP KIA
LT DENNIS, John C. NAV POW
LT ENGLERT, Paul R. BOM POW
T/Sgt GODBEY, Lawrence E. TTE KIA
T/Sgt DeKAY, Robert R. ROG KIA
S/SGT HALUNKA, Walter BTG POW
S/SGT BLANK, William M. WG POW
S/SGT VIELBIG, Charles F. WG NOC
S/SGT BOWLIN, Clarence R. TG POW