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97th BG Mission #47, 22-Jan-43, El Aouina Airdrome Tunis


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The purpose of "This Date in History" mini-series of publications is to make available historical events in a condensed format since the main source book is 1,142 pages as of January 19, 2018. This is the 13th mini-series publication.

 

On January 22, 1943 Major Rudy Flack flew as the Mission Commander, 414th Bomb Squadron CO, Flight Leader and Pilot for one of the most historic combat missions flown by the Army Air Force during WWII while stationed in Northwest Africa. Major Flack had Margaret Bourke White onboard his Flying Fortress, the B-17F (41-24400) LITTLE BILL, as an observer and photographer for the combat mission to El Aouina Airdrome in Tunis, Tunisia (97th Bomb Group Mission #47).

 

To view the details of the 75th anniversary of the January 22, 1943 mission, access the following Microsoft OneDrive link to download, save a copy to your PC and then view the PDF file:

 

https://1drv/ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-nCfHxFYNAA7mykoy

 

To view a copy of the entire book that is nearing completion, access the following Microsoft OneDrive link to download, save a copy to your PC and then view the PDF file:

 

https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-nCzqU7OQ5sjkAk

 

Please contact me if you require further assistance. Thank you, Rick Flack.

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The "main" book that This Date in History (97th BG Mission #47, 22-Jan-43, El Aouina Airdrome Tunis) was extracted from has been updated and may be freely accessed via the following Facebook link:

 

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

 

Once there, follow the instructions for the May 19, 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-5Am2U5-n6u03hY3g

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The "main" book from which This Date in History (97th BG Mission #47, 22-Jan-43, El Aouina Airdrome Tunis) was extracted, has been updated and may be freely accessed via the following Facebook link:

 

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

 

Once there, follow the instructions for the May 25, 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 PPC for viewing this document:

 

https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ap83jlCuE2S-5AuVvX-Nm0xDarlm

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I have completed the following three of my last four remaining Appendices with only Appendix H (The Hour Has Come - The 97th Bomb Group in World War II book) remaining. This resulted in updates to the entire “main” book’s Chapter 3 (Rudy’s 1st Flying Lesson and His Education 1931-1937) between “main” Book/PDF pages 55/135 thru 105/185 (includes 14 new images, most with photos), which is likely of interest to mainly family members and close friends.

 

Having the following three Appendices completed provides historical value to all and having Appendix K and L available as searchable PDF’s is invaluable:

 

Appendix I – New York Times Magazine – Sunday – September 6, 1942

Appendix K – The CADET 1936 – San Diego Army and Navy Academy (SDANA)

Appendix L – The CADET 1937 – Brown Military Academy – Successor of SDANA

 

To access the three completed Appendices noted above and the updated “main” book, go to the following Facebook link for all details:

 

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

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I completed my last remaining, and long awaited, Appendix N (The Hour Has Come – The 97th Bomb Group in World War II book). Also, I added two new Appendices, which are Rudy’s junior and senior high school yearbooks. From these scanned yearbooks, I captured and added 14 new images (pages) to the “main” book’s Chapter 3 (Rudy’s 1st Flying Lesson and His Education 1931-1937) found on Book/PDF pages 55/135 thru 119/199, which is likely of interest mainly to family members and close friends.

As a result of adding the two new Appendices noted above (Rudy’s junior and senior high school yearbooks), I have re-sequenced and renumbered all 14 appendices chronologically. To access the updated “main” book and all 14 completed Appendices (A thru N) go to the following Facebook link for all details:

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

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I have added three new Appendices with a forth one coming soon. The Good news is I have now merged the “main” book and the 18 Appendices into one PDF document (3,810 pages, 2GB file size). I made minor updates to the “main” book and added three new images on “main” Book/PDF page numbers 302/382 and 1227/1307, which are most likely of interest to family members and close friends.

To obtain a copy this updated all-in-one book and read related details, go to the following Facebook link:

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

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It has been 9 months since I posted an updated “main” book. I have added 327 pages to the “main” book, which includes ~600 new images.

 

To obtain: (1) a copy of the “main” book, (2) a separate all-in-one “appendices” and (3) read related details, go to the following Facebook link:

 

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

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Added informative and interesting LIFE Magazine photos taken by Margaret Bourke-White and others pertaining to the 414th Bomb Squadron and the 97th Bomb Group while stationed in England.

 

To read about these updates and to obtain a copy of the updated “main” book PDF file go to the following Facebook link:

 

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

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Updated material including new photo for the following subject matter:

 

     ► Rudy’s Anti-Submarine Patrol Missions’ Information

     ► JOHNNY REB B-17E & B-17F Crewmember Information

     ► Rudy’s Mission Table expanded from 10 to 12 Pages

 

To read about these updates and to obtain a copy of the updated “main” book PDF file go to the following Facebook link:

 

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

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