George Chester Fisher served as a waist gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group out of Molesworth, England. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-29498 'Dark Horse' when it was shot down.
When the plane was shot, Fisher and the left waist gunner hit the bulkhead of the plane which resulted I n major head injuries. He also sustained a broken arm and other broken bones. He was. Hit with 20 mm shells.
Tail gunner Joseph Sawicki crawled to Fisher and the left waist gunner. He then strapped on their parachutes and pushed them out of the plane as it was going down. Sgt Sawicki went down with the plane and was KIA.
If it weren't for the heroic measures of Sawicki, Fisher and the left waist gunner would not have survived.
George Fisher was taken as a Prisoner of War and was imprisoned in Stalag Luft 6. When it was closed he was sent to Stalag Luft 4, on the 'death march'.
He was repartitioned on sept 22, 1944. He was sent back to the U.S. On Gripsholm
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Despite the lost of his left arm at the elbow and grave abdominal woulds, Sergeant Sawicki, tail gunner on Fyler's crew, booted the two wounded and disabled waist...
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 14/2/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-L] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 25/9/43; 7m Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Capt Carl Fyler, Co-pilot: Bob Ward, Navigator:...
Military site : airfield
Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...
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