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George Chester Fisher

Military

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.

When the plane was shot, Fisher and the left waist gunner hit the bulkhead of the plane which resulted in major head injuries. He also sustained a broken arm and other broken bones. He was hit with 20 mm shells.

Tail gunner Joseph Sawicki crawled to Fisher and the left waist gunner. He then strapped on their parachutes and pushed them out of the plane as it was going down. Sgt. Sawicki went down with the plane and was KIA.

If it weren't for the heroic measures of Sawicki, Fisher and the left waist gunner would not have survived.

George Fisher was taken as a Prisoner of War and was imprisoned in Stalag Luft 6. When it was closed he was sent to Stalag Luft 4, on the 'death march'.

He was repatriated on Sept 22, 1944. He was sent back to the U.S. on Gripsholm.

Service

People

  • Joseph Sawicki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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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

    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

Aircraft

  • 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:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

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...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Stalag Luft VI

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Canada 21 January 1921
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 November 1943 – 22 September 1944

Repatriated on Sept 22, 1944

RMC Massachusetts, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 20:57:49 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and mission associations
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Added a connection to the 8th AF and to the 8th AF mission #140 for 29 Nov 1943.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 22:53:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added a space to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 18:10:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Fixed typos and misspellings in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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19 January 2017 05:35:25 Skinzer Changes to biography
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Cleaned up. Bio took out my business web site and fixed the numbers on the camps. Thank you

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 05:18:06 Skinzer Changes to biography
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Gripsholm records passenger list

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 05:06:17 Skinzer Changes to awards
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I have found the medals I have and the source for his p o w medal. I have not found where he was given the European theater medal but I am sure he had this one too. I can send a pic of the medals that we have if you would like Shoot me an email and I will email them

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 15:33:20 Lucy May Changes to role, biography, events, place associations and media associations
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Associated up photos with George Chester Fisher's record.

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23 October 2016 14:32:02 Skinzer Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards and events
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Geo Chester fisher was my husbands father. We have his Purple Heart and disquished flying cross medals

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:47 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1657 / MACR 1657, Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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