Lieutenant-Colonel Baskin Lawrence, Lieutenant Chauncey Hicks and Staff Sergeant Willaim Zeigler of the 91st Bomb Group visit Technical Sergeant James Osborne in hospital, who was injured when their B-17 Flying Fortress (LL-Y, serial number 42-29797) nicknamed "Old Ironsides" crashed into the Channel on return from a mission over Germany. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication 21 Jun 1943' [stamp] and '271235' [Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: 'SAIDMAN. ILLUS. 23.8.43. U.S.AIR FORCE. O.P.S.2 Wounded Flying Fortress Radio man rescued from the water by R.A.F. Air-Sea Rescue Service Technical Sgt. James F Osborne of Huntingdon, West Virginia, went down into the Channel in his ship OLD IRONSIDES on the return the Huls raid. "Those ol' Spits" Sgt. Osborne tells his Commanding Officer Lieut.Col. Baskin Lawrence, "were a life saver". "They brought the boat right to us in 30 minutes". Standing on the left is the wounded bombardier of Old Ironsides, Lieut. Chauncey Hicks, Huntingdon, West Virginia, still dressed in the R.A.F uniform issued him for dry clothes. On the right is the wounded Tail gunner, S/Sgt. William G. Zeigler, Erie, Pa., also a temporary R.A.F recruit [obscured by censor]' Handwritten caption on reverse: '229797 LL-Y, USAAF. OLD IRONSIDES, Lt Col Baskin Lawrence CO 91BG.'
In 1934 joined Army Air Corp in pilot training. Joined 91st BG in September 1942. On March 4, 1943, taxying accident at Bassingbourne in Boston III AL441 on return from a photographic flight with Mr. LH Cave Chinn as a passenger. Chinn was a British Paramount news photographer. Baskin completed 11 combat missions with the 91st. Late in 1943 was sent to 482nd BG which was aPathfinder group and the first to have a radar bomb system.
Silver Star, Air Medal.
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The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
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