Airmen of the 303rd Bomb Group discuss their last mission in front of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed as censored 29 Jan 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '303 or 306?'
Printed caption on reverse: 'First American Raid On Germany. Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Army Air Corps carried out their first raid on Germany Wednesday last. O.P.S., left to right:- Sgt. William Fleming (Burdine, KY); 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler (Milwakee, Wis.); T/Sgt. Edward J. Doughty (Philadepha, Penn.); T/Sgt. Waldo B. Brandt, (Denver, Ind.).'
On reverse: Ministry of Information, Barratt's Photo Press, US Army Press Agency ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 42-2966), after a raid on Germany.
From left to right they are:
Sergeant Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Montana);
Technical Sergeant Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, California);
First Lieutenant Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio);
Second Lieutenant John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa), Co-Pilot;
Captain B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio), Pilot;
Sergeant Jack Belk (Temple, Texas);
Sergeant William Fleming (Burdine, Kentucky);
First Lieutenant Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wisconsin);
Technical Sergeant Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania);
and Technical Sergeant Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Indiana).
Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 8 Mar 1943.' [stamp] and USA (BRI) CCC.' [annotiation] Printed caption on reverse: 'BT.4323D The crew of one of the Flying Fortresses of the U.S.Army Air Corps which carried out their first raid on Germany. Sergt. Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Mont.) T/Sgt Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, Cal.) 1 Lt Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio) 2nd Lt. John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa) Co-Pilot Capt B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio) Pilot Sgt. Jack Belk (Temple, Tex.) Sgt. William Fleming (Burdine, KY) 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wis.) T/Sgt Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Penn.), T/Sgt Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Ind). Censor No.245872.'
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress. A censor has obscured the insignia on the men's jackets. Passed as censored 29 Jan 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'First American Raid On Germany. Flying Fortresses And Liberators Of The U.S. Army Air Corps Carried Out Their First Raid On Germany On Wednesday Last. O.P.S., Left To Right: Sergt. Ward W. Kirkpatrick, (Kalispele, Mont.); T/Sgt. Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, Cal.); 1st Lt. Milton K. Conver, (Cincinnatti, Ohio); 2nd Lt. John W. Dillinger, (Avoca, Iowa), co-pilot; Capt. B.B. Southworth, (Columbus, Ohio), pilot; Sgt. Jack Belk, (Temple, Tex.); Sgt. William Fleming, (Burdine, K.Y.); 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler, (Milwaukee, Wis.); T/Sgt. Edward J. Doughty, (Phiadelphia, Penn.); T/Sgt. Waldo B. Brandt, (Denver, Ind.). Barratt's. 29/1/43.' On reverse: Ministry of Information, Barratt's Photo Press Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
Schueler was an original member of the 303rd Bomb Group, arriving in the UK with the unit in November 1942. He completed 8 combat missions, all with Captain Billy Southworth flying as pilot. Schueler was grounded on 16 February 1943 and hospitalised for emotional distress- he was medically discharged in February 1944.
On his return to the US Schueler moved to Los Angeles where he attempted to write a book about his experiences during the war. After attending a weekly painting class from 1945, Schueler signed up for the California School of Fine Arts under the GI Bill in 1948, where he studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still.
Schueler held his first solo exhibition in New York in 1954, and in 1957 set up a studio in Mallaig, Scotland. He became a renowned Abstract Expressionist painter, Schueler's works are held in many major museums across the world.
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William Brooks 'Billy' Southworth Jr was son of Major League baseball player and manager Billy Southworth. Over three seasons from 1938-1940 Southworth enjoyed a successful career as an international league baseball player and was in 1939 honoured as...
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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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...
||Milwaukee County, WI, USA
||12 September 1916
Son of George Arnold and Clara [Haase] Schueler.
||Milwaukee, WI, USA
||9 October 1941
||November 1942 – 16 February 1943
Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
||12 February 1944
||Los Angeles, CA, USA
||San Francisco, CA, USA
||New York, NY, USA
||5 August 1992