321stBG,445thBS, Lt Hobart G Osburn, Navigator
The B-25 plane number was #42-64675 and the crew was:
Pilot: Fisher, James B., Jr., 1Lt, SN#O&659966
CoPilot: Carmine, John W., 2Lt, SN#O&794527
Navigator: Osburn, Hobart G., 2Lt, SN#O&669098
Bombardier: McLeod, Jack P., 2Lt, SN#O&731211
Engineer: Kunis, Theodore C., S/Sgt, SN#33069075
R Garthwaite, Howard S., S/Sgt, SN#32402780
G Woronuk, John (NMI), Cpl, SN#6846610 (POW record of SN#, no enlistment record)
Their plane was damaged on their first bombing mission to Athens' Eleusis Airdrome in Greece. They were forced to ditch in the Gulf of Corinth at 1:45 PM ("that's when my wrist watch stopped" related Bart Osburn). After trying to paddle their 6-man lifeboat (2 had to hang on from the water) to the shore, which was in sight, without little or no success, they were picked up by a German cutter at about 6 PM and taken to a German camp in the mountains of Greece. From the mountain camp in Greece the crew was loaded on a train and taken to Frankfort, Germany (Dulag Luft near Frankfurt-am-Main).
After the Dulog Luft interrogation stop, the officer POWs were taken by train to Stalag Luft 1 near Barth, German on the Baltic Sea where he was held from October 1943 to May 1, 1945 when the Russians had liberated the camp. [Note: National Archives records list camp as: "Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia".] After contact was made with the Russians arrangements were made to evacuate the liberated POWs by air. This was completed by 15 May 1945.
Owner: Barbi Ennis Connolly
Size: 4 items