Winslow's parachute momentarily got caught up on his bomber, the "Dame Satan", as he was jumping out after it was hit. His son, John, asked him to paint a picture of this event. A Belgium family hid him from the Germans for several months before he was finally captured and held as a prisoner of war.
Back row left to right: Waist gunner: Gerald Tucker, Ball turret gunner: Rudy Thigpen ( not on final mission), Waist gunner: Albert Di Minno, Tail gunner: Leland Judy, Flt Engineer: Jarvis Allen, Radio Operator: Victor Ciganek
Front row left to right: Pilot: Jack Hargis, Co-Pilot: Carl Smith, R.C. Martin ( not on final mission), Bombardier: Edward Winslow
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-2990 'Dame Satan. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Winslow was shot down near Brussels and broke his leg upon landing. A local farmer found him and told him to lie low until a German search party had passed. The farmer then returned and carried him to a shed behind his barn. That evening he was transported on a home-made stretcher to a larger farm and put to bed to await the doctor who put his leg in a cast. He was then moved several times in makeshift ambulances, eventually staying with an elderly couple for two months, being treated as though he was their own son. One day he got a visit from a member of the Resistance movement -L'Arme Blanche - who told him about the rest of his crew. Some months after the crash, when his leg had healed, he was moved - with another escapee - to the town of Ath, where they were treated royally. A week later a man and an 'attractive' girl came to escort them to Brussels. The girl came on the train with them and, in Brussels, handed them over to two men who - it turned out - were agents of the Gestapo. Winslow arrived at Stalag Luft 1 on 4th December 1943, where he was to spend the rest of the war.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 # 42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Sgt Gerald Tucker (whose first name is often misspelled Gerold) was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-3119 when it was shot down on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. The plane ditched in the North Sea and all ten crew were saved and returned to base....
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Bassingbourn 10/1/43; Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Jack A. Hargis; Ball turret gunner: Starr A. Tucker (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carlyle H. Darling; Bombardier: Edward...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||17 August 1943