James Pershing Zwayer


Object Number - UPL 31536 - Captain Shulstad and lead crew on bombing mission to Brunswick, Germany, pose in front of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress". 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd...

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C accident on return from mission in B-17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' 15-Oct-43. RTD. Completed two combat tours. ETD

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), AFCM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron 368th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-442237
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Squadron Adjutant; Pilot; Group Operations Officer


Ground personnel of the 303rd Bomb Group prepare to load bombs and ammunition into a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Satan's Workshop". Passed as censored, then marked as 'Confidential' 27 Aug 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG.' On reverse: 'Confidential Until Re-Classified By Censor' and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Satan's Workshop
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Just For Laughs, Little Woman, Thumper Again
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 100th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


Bryan, Williams County, OH, 1918-02-26 Son of Clyde Hall and Elsie M [King] Zwayer.


Tucumcari, NM 1966-01-25 Died in accident with SR-71 Blackbird, A/C was at 78,000ft doing 3.17 Mach and disintegrated when the starboard engine failed.


Arlington National Cemetery Section 37 Site 2666


Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 1942-01-29 Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana


Molesworth Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date5 Apr 2020 20:30:26

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Jan 2018 14:35:36

Key Image ID.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:14:50

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFS Vol. I p. 343

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