I, James H. Fisher, married Doris Lundgren in July
1941. Enlisted in the US. Army Air Corps on 15 December, 1941.
Graduated Pilot Training 30 August 1943. Linda Kay Fisher born
September 30, 1943. Finished B-17 transition November 1943. Formed
B-17 crew December 1943. Finished B-7 Crew Training February 1944.
Flew B-17G with crew to England March 1944 and was assigned to the 303rd
Bomb Group H.
After flying 3 milk run missions our 4th mission was
to Berlin on April 29, 1944. We were hit by flak between no. 3 & 4
engines and had to feather no. 4. We were unable to keep up with the
formation but did continue over the target and dropped our bombs.
Shortly after leaving the target we were attacked by ME 109s. After
being literally shot to pieces I gave the order to bail out, only two
of us survived. I must assume that the rest of the crewmembers were
killed by the withering fire from the ME 109s. I was wounded; probably
fragments from the instrument panel after machine gun bullets
shattered the panel. I was roughed up by civilians on the ground in
Hanover before German soldiers rescued me.
After a short stop at Dulag Luft near Frankfurt, I went
to Stalag Luft III near Sagan and remained there until the night of
January 28, 1945 when we were marched out around midnight. After 5
days of marching in the snow and freezing weather, we reached
Spremburg; there we were loaded onto 40 and 8 boxcars for a trip to
Nuremburg, arriving Feb. 5, 1944 where we were interned in Stalag XIII
Here to see the "Order Of Battle"