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Joseph Robert Sawicki


Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA).

Despite the lost of his left arm at the elbow and grave abdominal wounds, Sergeant Sawicki, tail gunner on Fyler's crew, booted the two wounded and disabled waist gunners to safe parachute landings over Nazi Germany. Sawicki then collapsed of his wounds and was found dead in the wreckage of the Dark Horse. Attempts to get a Medal of Honor for Sawicki have been made by Fyler.



  • George Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    George Chester Fisher served as a waist gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group out of Molesworth, England. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-29498 'Dark Horse' when it was shot down. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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


  • 42-29498 'Mumsie' aka 'Dark Horse'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 14/2/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-L] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 25/9/43; 7m Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Capt Carl Fyler, Co-pilot: Bob Ward, Navigator:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
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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 Michigan, USA 1923
Enlisted 21 May 1943

Residence: Wayne County, Michigan

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 29 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 21:07:17 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 19:30:42 jmoore43 Changes to events

Changed the label of the “Died” event to "Killed in Action (KIA)" per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 19:27:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Removed a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 19:22:52 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, mission associations and media associations

2016-11-01 Data from Duplicate file relocated to this file.

MACR 1652

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1657