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Two Intelligence Officers - Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York and Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto, California, both on the left - of the 306th Bomb Group interrogate a bomber crew, sat atop bombs, after a mission. The five bomb crew from left to right are Lieutenant Frank Yaussi of Glendale, California; Lieutenant R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, California; Staff Sergeant Donald Tunstall of Darlington, South Carolina; Staff Sergeant Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and Staff Sergeant Charles D. Hill of Baltimore.

Image stamped on reverse: ' Associated Pres.' [stamp], 'Reveiwed and Passed as censored '2 Feb 1943.' [stamp] and '246550.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN AIRMEN WHO MADE FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON GERMANY. Associated Press Photo shows:- Intelligence officers questioning members of a Fortress crew, the first to bomb Wilhelmshaven. Left to right: Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York; Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto Calif., Talking to Lt. Frank Yaussi of Glendale, Calif; Lt. R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, Calif.; S/Sgt Donald Tunstall of Darlington, S. Carolina,; S/Sgt Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and S/Sgt Charles D. Hill of Baltimore. TET 254773. I243.' Censors have amended each occurence of 'Intellegence Officer' to read 'Officer.'

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Two Intelligence Officers - Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York and Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto, California, both on the left - of the 306th Bomb Group interrogate a bomber crew, sat atop bombs, after a mission. The five bomb crew are Lieutenant Frank Yaussi of Glendale, California; Lieutenant R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, California; Staff Sergeant Donald Tunstall of Darlington, South Carolina; Staff Sergeant Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and Staff Sergeant Charles D. Hill of Baltimore. Image stamped on reverse: ' Associated Pres.' [stamp], 'Reveiwed and Passed as censored '2 Feb 1943.' [stamp] and '246550.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN AIRMEN WHO MADE FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON GERMANY. Associated Press Photo shows:- Intelligence officers questioning members of a Fortress crew, the first to bomb Wilhelmshaven. Left to right: Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York; Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto Calif., Talking to Lt. Frank Yaussi of Glendale, Calif; Lt. R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, Calif.; S/Sgt Donald Tunstall of Darlington, S. Carolina,; S/Sgt Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and S/Sgt Charles D. Hill of Baltimore. TET 254773. I243.' Censors have amended each occurence of 'Intellegence Officer' to read 'Officer.'

Connections

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

People

  • Charles Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    He flew on Lt. Earl Tunnel crew. Joined the group in June 1942. He was in the lead plane as waist gunner on 1st Wilhenshaven, Germany mission with Gen. Armstrong. Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5378, 306BG/367BS as Waist Gunner. The aircraft ...

  • Ralph Oliver

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Assistant Director of Bombers
    Reported to group on 18 Mar 1942. CO 369th BS from March to December 1942. Assistant Group Ops Officer 6 December to 19 December 1942. Group Ops. Officer from 19 Decmber 1942 to March 19 1943. He retired USAF July 1969. ...

  • Donald Tunstall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    He flew on Earl Tunnell crew. He flew the first raid to Germany on 27 Jan 1943 with Col. Frank A. Armstrong. ...

  • John Wright

    Military | Colonel | Intelligence Officer
    16 April 1942 he volunteered for war service. He went on active duty as a captain in the USAF and was ordered to Officers' Training School. In June 1942, he was sent to the AF Intelligence School at Harrisburg. Upon completion of this tour, he was...

  • Frank Yaussi

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Flew first American raid over Germany Jan 27, 1943 was lead Bombardier flying with Col. Frank A. Armstrong, actually was first man over Germany. He was the first group Bombardier from 12 Dec 1942 to 06 April 1943. DFC; Air Medal w 3/olc; ETO Ribbon

Locations

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2016 09:11:01 Ben1705 Changes to caption
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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