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Brunson W Bolin


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30831 'Lazy Baby'. A/C landed in Switzerland, however, Lt. Bolin was ordered by the pilot to bail out and did so after getting the top turret gunner out of the A/C. He was captured by German soldiers but not before being shot at while still in his parachute by a German civilian. He spent the remainder of the war as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag III.


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30831 Lazy Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 15/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ed Dienhart, Bombardier: Carl Johnson, Radio Operator: Hurley Smith, Ball turret gunner: Ray Baus, Waist gunner: Bob...


  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Greenville, SC, USA 15 February 1924

Born in Greenville, South Carolina

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 14 October 1943 – 29 June 1945

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Lived in Atlanta, GA, USA 1957 – 3 August 2011

Hired on with Delta Air Lines in Greenville, SC, 1946, moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1957. Retired from Delta in 1986.


Date Contributor Update
03 December 2021 17:11:53 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 23:59:03 timboln Changes to nickname, biography and events

Additional information provided by T. Bolin as told to by his father Brunson Bolin.

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 21:52:36 timboln Changes to mission associations

Info added by T. Bolin

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 913 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database