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Simeon Oxendine


Simeon Oxendine served as a gunner with the 360th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.

On 26 Sept 1943 he was in B-17 #42-5434 'Lady Luck' when it returned from a mission and caught fire on the runway. He survived without serious injury.

Oxendine survived the war and returned home to North Carolina. He married Dolores Revels on 12 February 1947 in Pembroke, NC.

On 18 January 1958, a Klu Klux Klan (KKK) rally took place in Robeson County, NC, to intimidate Lumbee Indians who lived in the area. Lumbees prevented the rally taking place - they gathered and broke up the rally. Simeon Oxendine was photographed afterwards with a captured KKK flag wrapped around his shoulders. The photo was published in LIFE Magazine, 27 Jan 1958:

Oxendine later said of the event, "We killed the Klan once and for all. We did the right thing for all people."



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    Military | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Pembroke, North Carolina 3 October 1919
Died 26 December 1988
Buried Berea Baptist Church, Pembroke, North Carolina


Date Contributor Update
16 August 2017 16:52:28 Lucy May Changes to biography

Oxendine is quoted in 'The Lumbee Problem: The Making of an American Indian People' by Karen L Blu:

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2017 15:50:51 Lucy May Changes to role, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations

LIFE Magazine, 27 Jan 1958:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / brother, Jesse E. Oxending, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 291,