A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 29 Jan 1943.
Printed caption on reverse: 'They "Bailed Out" On Saturday But Bombed Germany On Wednesday. One of the Fortresses which took part in the first American daylight raid on Germany on Wednesday was manned by a crew who had "bailed out" on Saturday. They were the crew of one of the Fortresses which had bombed Lorraine, and having got back to England on one engine the pilot, Lt. G. Oxrider, ordered his crew to bail out, and then managed to land the plane safely in a field.
O.P.S., left to right: 2nd Lt. D.W. Hurlburt, (Panama) co-pilot; 2nd Lt. Donald L. Grant, (Sullivan, Ill.) navigator; 1st Lt. George T. Oxrider, (Dayton, Ohio) pilot; T/Sgt. Everet A. Dasher, (Marlow, G.A.); T/Sgt. F.B. Ziemer, (Kanakee, Ill.) Gunner; 2nd Lt. Earle A. Steele, (Elisabeth, Colo) Bombardier; Sergt. Theodore C. Heaps, (Dusquesne, Penna). (Barratt's, 29/1/43).'
On reverse: Barratt's Photo Press Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
Shot up over Lorient, France & had to bail out in England - 1/23/43 on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon. All crew returned. ; 5/19/43 wounded over Kiel, Germany, a Junkers 88 got him with a bullet, hit the parachute buckle, deflected down lodged near spine; still has bullet in his back (as of 30 Jan 1997) Flew 22 missions over Germany
DFC; AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; EAME w/1 Bronze Star; Am. Defense Ribbon
Military | Major | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, of B-17F 41-24606 [VK-H] "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg, Field, Battle Creek, Michigan with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 10-Oct-42 moved with "Werewolf" and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for...
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The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
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