Two Intelligence Officers - Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York and Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto, California, both on the left - of the 306th Bomb Group interrogate a bomber crew, sat atop bombs, after a mission. The five bomb crew from left to right are Lieutenant Frank Yaussi of Glendale, California; Lieutenant R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, California; Staff Sergeant Donald Tunstall of Darlington, South Carolina; Staff Sergeant Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and Staff Sergeant Charles D. Hill of Baltimore.
Image stamped on reverse: ' Associated Pres.' [stamp], 'Reveiwed and Passed as censored '2 Feb 1943.' [stamp] and '246550.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN AIRMEN WHO MADE FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON GERMANY. Associated Press Photo shows:- Intelligence officers questioning members of a Fortress crew, the first to bomb Wilhelmshaven. Left to right: Major John B. Wright, Group Intelligence Officer of New York; Major Ralph Oliver, Operations Officer of Palo Alto Calif., Talking to Lt. Frank Yaussi of Glendale, Calif; Lt. R.J. Salitrink of Alhambra, Calif.; S/Sgt Donald Tunstall of Darlington, S. Carolina,; S/Sgt Raymond R. Erikson of Chicago; and S/Sgt Charles D. Hill of Baltimore. TET 254773. I243.' Censors have amended each occurence of 'Intelligence Officer' to read 'Officer.'
Col. Frank Armstrong Bomber crew and Ground crew of the 306th Bomb Group, 367th Squadron with their B-17 Flying Fortress, serial number 42-5378.
Flight crew includes:
Robert Salitrnik, N;
Frank Yaussi B;
Joseph Collette E;
Charles Hill WG;
Raymond Erickson BTG;
Donald Tunstall TG;
Robert Siavage RO;
Claude Putman CP.
Ground Crew includes:
John R. Stone,
Jackson Van Diver,
and William Feeser - Assistant Ground Crew Chief.
Passed for publication 2 Feb 1943.
Printed caption on reverse: 'American Airmen Who Made First Daylight Raid On Germany. Associated Press Photo Shows: The crew and ground crew of the Fortress which was lead plane on the first raid over German soil in daylight flight 27 Jan. '43 . $Censor: We have names and hometowns of all.$ TET 254778. I 243.' On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps]. Flight crew includes: Robert Salitrnik, N; Frank Yaussi B, Joseph Collette E, Charles Hill WG, Raymond Erickson BTG, Donald Tunstall TG, Robert Siavage RO, Claude Putman CP. Ground Crew includes: Thomas Kazberovich, Roy Ploeger, John R. Stone, Jackson Van Diver, William Pangle, William Gilbertson, Joseph Broussard, Jesse Ellis, and William Feeser - Assistant Ground Crew Chief. Plane tail number 25378 with radio call letters GY.
Flew first American raid over Germany Jan 27, 1943 was lead Bombardier flying with Col. Frank A. Armstrong, actually was first man over Germany. He was the first group Bombardier from 12 Dec 1942 to 06 April 1943.
DFC; Air Medal w 3/olc; ETO Ribbon
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Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
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Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...
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