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11 Jun 1921 1
Death:
13 Apr 2003 1
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Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
"BOB" Spikes, went on to retire a full Col. in the USAF
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Earned the DFC, For extraordinary achievement on 5 Nov. 1943
Capt/Lt Bob Spikes, Pilot at Soliman, Tunisia.
Capt/Lt Bob Spikes, Pilot at Soliman, Tunisia.
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Capt/Lt Bob Spikes and Lt Dick Spingler, Both Pilots, 321stBG,447thBS
Capt/Lt Bob Spikes and Lt Dick Spingler, Both Pilots, 321stBG,447thBS
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
The "Deathwind, B-25 #42-53371, Knapp Flight Over with Major Bailey Cook. Southern Route across the Atlantic to Africa.
Lt Bob Spikes and other Pilots/Officer of the 447th Bomb Squadron.
Lt Bob Spikes and other Pilots/Officer of the 447th Bomb Squadron.
Bob Spikes in a relaxing moment./Africa
Bob Spikes in a relaxing moment./Africa
Lt Bob Spikes and his beloved dog, "Brownie" at the Beach in North Africa. 1943
Lt Bob Spikes and his beloved dog, "Brownie" at the Beach in North Africa. 1943
Bob Spikes and Brownie/Pup Kneeling right, Ed Ennis, Standing Right.
Bob Spikes and Brownie/Pup Kneeling right, Ed Ennis, Standing Right.
Lt Bob Spikes's Pup, "Brownie" ! A Little Perspective here !
Lt Bob Spikes's Pup, "Brownie" ! A Little Perspective here !
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Captain Robert F Spikes, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/ 65 combat Missions
Top, Bob's son "Jay" with this Dad/right "Ret Col "Bob" Spikes and Grandchildren, (L) Jonathan and Andrea "Sparly" in NM Hiking.

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Full Name:
Robert F Spikes 1
Birth:
11 Jun 1921 1
Death:
13 Apr 2003 1
Residence:
Last Residence: Amarillo, TX 1
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Social Security:
Card Issued: Unknown Code (PE) 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-1313 1

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(Capt) Lt Bob Spikes, B-25 Pilot /Knapp Group

Africa, Italy

Robert Spikes was one of the Original Cadre of the 321stBG, 447th Bomb Squadron.

Lt Robert Spikes arrived at the SC Headquarters just in time to join the original Cadre' of Officers that were to be the 321st Bomb Group, and go on to be the first Pilots in the 447th Bomb Squadron.  Lt Spikes was the Co-Pilot to Major Bailey Cook, in the #42-53371, the "Deathwind" in the (now famous) Knapp Flight Over-the-Atlantic.  First Group to make the crossing in a mass flight.
      Lt Bob Spikes and Lt Jim Bugbee shared the Ship #42-53371, the "Deathwind" until a new ship arrived, the "Dumbo".  Since it was THEIR ship, they quite literally "flipped a coin"  Bob won the Deathwind, a one-quarter of a Million Dollar B-25 Airplane, over a coin-toss !  Jim Bugbee took the "Dumbo" as his main ship # 42-32498 .......
     Lt Bob Spikes, attained his 50th Mission, and with Lt Jim Bugbee, was asked to stay, commissioned Captains and continued on to 65 Combat Missions leading the newly arrived pilots of the 447th BS.
                                  Captain Bob Spikes, US Army Air Corp Pilot,  65 Combat Missions . . .Against the Axis Forces in Tunisia, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Sardinia, Corsica, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, Albania and Bulgaria.  

Stories and Photo's from Capt. Bob's son, Jay Spikes.

War Diary, 447th Bombardment Squadron:

"The 321st, commanded by Col. Robert Knapp, was the first group to fly from the United States to an overseas base in a single mass flight. It was also the first to use tail and waist guns in the B-25s. During more than 18 months of Combat Operations in this theater, the unit bagged eight enemy fighters for every bomber it lost."


                                                                     Capt. Spikes retired a full Col.

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