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  • RickFlack
    Rank 2 Registered User
    • Oct 2018
    • 10

    First B-17 Combat Bomb Group to Europe & North Africa

    The “first” WWII Flying Fortress Bomb Group to fly combat missions in Europe (Aug’42 with the 8th AAF) and then in North Africa (Nov’42 with the 12th AAF) was the 97th with its four Bomb Squadrons (340th, 341st, 342nd and 414th). Consequently, this posting is for those history buffs interested in viewing never before seen photos and related documents regarding this unique period in our American Aviation Military history.

    These details are found in a book I authored regarding my father’s life primarily focused on his military flying career. The electronic version of this book is freely available via the internet as a downloadable PDF file. Being a PDF file, you will note I reference herein and elsewhere both “Book” page numbers and the associated “PDF” page numbers for quick access to a given page(s).

    To begin reading about this posting’s subject matter (First B-17 Combat Bomb Group to Europe & North Africa), it is recommended you start on Book page number 429 (PDF page number 505), which is at the end of Chapter 6, and read through Chapter 10. To download a copy of this book, perform the following steps:
    1. Begin by referring to the following Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/.
    2. Once there, following the instructions for the November 11, 2018 posting, which states:
    “Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-ozLzW3NFl0rmhv73

    Note it will take several minutes to download and save a copy of this book to your PC as the size of the PDF file is 242,122KB due to all of the “images” that have been scanned in high resolution and inserted into the book for detailed zooming. Once the PDF file has been downloaded and saved to your PC, open with an Adobe reader product of your choice. If you have any problems, please contact me for assistance at RFlackAttack@hotmail.com.
  • RickFlack
    Rank 2 Registered User
    • Oct 2018
    • 10

    #2
    For those who have or will be downloading a copy of the book associated with this original posting above, I have made informative updates in Chapter 7, the details of which are summarized in the following Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stories-of-Colonel-Rudy-Flack-302118180261150/

    Once there, follow the instructions for the November 15, 2018 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document (see related details in original posting above):

    https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-ozR9C37ApPzg788u
    Last edited by RickFlack; 17th November 2018, 23:20.

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    • RickFlack
      Rank 2 Registered User
      • Oct 2018
      • 10

      #3
      I have made important updates as a result of my continued research and refinement of the Operation BOLERO Atlantic Ocean crossing during June/July 1942, which was a WWII military historical first, filled with many challenges and includes in-depth stories from those who made the treacherous crossing. The details of these updates are summarized in the following Facebook page:

      https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

      Once there, follow the instructions for the November 17, 2018 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document (see related details in original posting above):

      https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-ozWFSUnP84OvmG3F
      Last edited by RickFlack; 17th November 2018, 23:16.

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      • RickFlack
        Rank 2 Registered User
        • Oct 2018
        • 10

        #4
        First B-17 Combat Bombardment Group to Europe & North Africa

        I have added two new full-page photos to my book. In addition, I updated text pertaining to the 22-Feb-43 (Mission #62) and 23-Feb-43 (Mission #64), which was the successful bombing of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s Fifth Panzer Troop Concentrations located in Kasserine Pass, Tunisia. Rudy and his 414th Bomb Squadron were the Fortresses that successfully bombed their assigned target on 22-Feb-43, in spite of the cloud cover; and were the key Fortresses that successfully bombed the same target the next day on 23-Feb-43.

        These attacks by the 97th were the start of a series of blows by the Allied air forces that were to tip the balance in the struggle and force the retreat of the Axis armies. Marshall Rommel, whose forces bore the brunt of these blows reported, "In every battle to come the strength of the Anglo-American air force was to be the deciding factor."

        The details of these updates are summarized in the following Facebook page:

        https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

        Once there, follow the instructions for the December 6, 2018 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document (see related details in original posting above):

        https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-ozpZ4TAwtxEuM6Jc

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        • RickFlack
          Rank 2 Registered User
          • Oct 2018
          • 10

          #5
          First B-17 Combat Bombardment Group to Europe & North Africa

          I have added eight new pages to my book (Book pages 768►775 -- PDF pages 844►851), which provides a detailed accounting of Operation Flagpole, a precursor to Operation Torch (read Book pages 767 through 778 for a more complete picture). In addition, I have provided individual links to eight of my completed Appendices. All of these details are summarized in the following Facebook page:

          https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

          Once there, follow the instructions for the December 14, 2018 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document:

          https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-ozsSxEwbRCKi4ihy

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          • RickFlack
            Rank 2 Registered User
            • Oct 2018
            • 10

            #6
            I added two new pages to the “main” book (Book 92►93, PDF 168►169) as a result of reviewing and updating Appendix A – Rudy's High School & Junior College Scrap Book (1932-1937), which was created back in 2010 (read Book pages 92 through 100 for a more complete picture). In addition, I have provided “updated” individual links to each of my eight completed Appendices. All of these details are summarized in the following Facebook page:

            https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

            Once there, follow the instructions for the December 19, 2018 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document:

            https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-oz3QGHIZloONzXig

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            • RickFlack
              Rank 2 Registered User
              • Oct 2018
              • 10

              #7
              I added 13 new pages, which includes 10 images to the “main” book and starts on book page number 572 (PDF page 650) and runs through book page number 584 (PDF page 662). These 13 new pages provide an in-depth look at the Twelve O'Clock High 1948 book and the 1949 movie as detailed in The Twelve O'Clock High Logbook published in 2005. It a fabulous read with many online links for accessing comprehensive material. These details are summarized in the following Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/ Once there, follow the instructions for the January 24, 2019 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-o0eijKjmkmUeSqTG

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              • RickFlack
                Rank 2 Registered User
                • Oct 2018
                • 10

                #8
                I just finished reading the 425-page “The 12 O’Clock High Logbook.” As a result, I updated my entire write-up, which added 4 pages to my book. It is a fabulous read with many online links for accessing comprehensive material. I just added two new pages to my book with two MPEG4 video file links of Rudy and his Family. All of these details are summarized in the following Facebook link:

                https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

                Once there, follow the instructions for the January 30, 2019 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document:

                https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-o0qSGcEwZd9yEilv
                Last edited by RickFlack; 30th January 2019, 21:32.

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                • RickFlack
                  Rank 2 Registered User
                  • Oct 2018
                  • 10

                  #9
                  I had to make three corrections to yesterday’s 1/30/19 posting so I added one new full-page photo. To access the updated book, go to the following Facebook link:

                  https://www.facebook.com/Untold-Stor...2118180261150/

                  Once there, follow the instructions for the January 31, 2019 posting, which states: Click on the following Microsoft OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document:

                  https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-o0tSr2axjIzo2Msd

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