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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].

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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 amanged 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].

Connections

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

People

  • Everett Dasher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    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...

  • Donald Grant

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Donald Lawrence “Larry” Grant was born March 20, 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the oldest of four children born to Donald Buford Grant and Altha Lena Sellars. The family moved several times around the Midwest during his youth, before finally...

  • Theodore Heaps

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Donald Hurlburt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    January 23, 1943, was 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 he and Oxrider were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon...

  • George Oxrider

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot; Pilot
    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...

  • Earl Steele

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    January 23, 1943, was 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...

  • Frederick Ziener

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    January 23, 1943, flew on B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient. Only 1 engine was operating on the return to England. Pilot Oxrider ordered the crew to bale out and landed the ac on the grounds of a hospital in Devon. All crew members...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2015 09:39:46 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Associated airmen from caption information.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:45:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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