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George J Oxrider Jr

Military

15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, of B-17F 41-24606 [VK-H] "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg, Field, Battle Creek, Michigan with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 10-Oct-42 moved with "Werewolf" and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for overseas deployment. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Werewolf".

On 23 January 1943, he flew in a B-17 (serial number 41-24606, nicknamed 'Werewolf') on a mission to Lorient. Only one engine was operating as the crew returned to England. Oxrider ordered the crew to bail out and landed the aircraft in the grounds of a hospital in Devon. All of the crew members survived and were able to return to action.

Mission participations with the 303BG (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

9 April 1944, George Oxrider was killed in action while serving as Co-Pilot of B-17G 42-31352, "Iron Bird", 452BG/728BS when the aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Baltic Sea. MACR 3661.

During his service, Oxrider was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

In Memoriam

'George Oxrider- Squadron leader- pilot of the B-17 "Were Wolf"- lost over the North Sea on East Sunday 1944.'
Remembered by Rosemary Kramer Stoeser, North Bend, OH.

Service

People

  • Everett Dasher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot up over Lorient, France & had to bail out in England - 1/23/43 on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were...

  • Donald Grant

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Donald Lawrence “Larry” Grant was born March 20, 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the oldest of four children born to Donald Buford Grant and Altha Lena Sellars. The family moved several times around the Midwest during his youth, before finally...

  • Donald Hurlburt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    January 23, 1943, was on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and he and Oxrider were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon...

  • T Kearns

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    January 23, 1943, was on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon. All...

  • James Sadler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    January 23, 1943, was on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon. All...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    In September 1942 assigned to Haas crew. January 23, 1943, was on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were able to...

  • Earl Steele

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    January 23, 1943, was on Oxrider crew in B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient, France. Plane returned back to England on a single engine. Crew bailed out on the English coast and pilots were able to land on hospital grounds in Devon. All...

  • Frederick Ziener

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    January 23, 1943, flew on B-17 41-24606 'Werewolf' on a mission to Lorient. Only 1 engine was operating on the return to England. Pilot Oxrider ordered the crew to bale out and landed the ac on the grounds of a hospital in Devon. All crew members...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 728th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-31352 Iron Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/1/44 LEADING LADY; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with John Mayek*, Co-pilot: Maj George Oxrider, Navigator: Howard Mattingley*, Bombardier: Ed Leslie*, Flight...

  • 42-5264 Yankee Doodle Dandy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/42; Saline 15/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Molesworth 1/2/43; landing accident with Bob O’Connor 31/5/43; battle damaged over Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Walter Ames, Navigator: Warren Wiggins,...

  • 42-5430 Pappy, Good Snuf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42 ...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montgomery County, Ohio
Assigned to Aircraft Battle Creek, MI, USA 15 September 1942

Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS.

Mission #1, 2LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Promoted in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 December 1942

Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Mission #2, 2LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24582, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24582 "One O'Clock Jump", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24577, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24577 "Hell's Angels", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS CL/RTD Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft sustained battle damage over the target, but 1LT Oxrider was able to fly the crippled aircraft back to England. He ordered the crew to bail out and landed the aircraft in the grounds of a hospital in Devon. All of the crew members survived and were able to return to action. RTD

Mission #6, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS - Recalled Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe cold and weather forced Wing COmmand to recall the entire 303BG formation. RTB OK

Mission #8, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Gremany. RTB OK.

Mission #9, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #10, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #11, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #12, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5430, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5430 "Pappy/Good Snuf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #15, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5482, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5482 "Cat O Nine Tails", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #16, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Mission #17, 1LT George J. Oxrider, w/B-17F 42-5264, 303BG/358BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5264 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2020 14:11:11 decwriter Changes to service number and awards
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NARA files verified ASN upon entry, DFC and AM w/3 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2016 11:02:01 Lucy May Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 3661 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:25:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:24:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:22:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:18:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:13:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:11:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:06:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:04:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 23:01:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:59:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:56:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:51:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:47:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:42:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:37:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:27:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:24:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:18:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gray Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:16:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:12:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, George J. Oxrider crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oxrider.html

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:10:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, George J. Oxrider crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oxrider.html

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 22:07:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Added initial assignment and arrival in UK to Summary Biorgraphy; Made connections to Places (Molesworth & Deopham Green); made connections to aircraft 41-24541, 41-24577, 41-24582, 41-24606, 42-5264 and 42-5482; Made connections to all missions from 17-Nov-42 through 31-Mar-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, George J. Oxrider crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oxrider.html

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 12:15:11 Emily Changes to memoriam
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Rosemary Kramer Stoeser, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:05:28 LucyM Changes to biography, aircraft associations and media associations
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Associated B-17 41-24606 image and expanded biographical information already existent.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:00 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3661, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by BIshop and Hey p. 66, 303rd web site with picture of crew.,

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