2/Lt. George W. Peterson

(Robert M. Littlefield)

2/Lt. George W. Peterson

338th FS - 26 May 1944 - 16 June 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J 43-28273

Mission History

7 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
153 16 June 1944 Arras and St. Pol
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Born in Chicago, Illinois, 4 December 1918
ASN - O-748776
26 May 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
16 June 1944 - Prisoner of War
14 December 1944 - Status changed officially from Missing In Action, to Prisoner of War.

MACR No. 05735
George Peterson tells his story:  At the time I was shot down I was a 2/Lt. and on my 7th mission.  Anti-aircraft fire hit my right engine and it quit.  Then a fire started all over the right side and I had gasoline in the cockpit, so I decided to bail out.
I had a hard time bailing out, I forgot the seatbelt and the quick disconnects didn't loosen, so I had to remove my helmet.  By this time I was quite low and I guess flak or the plane hit me as I finally got out and was injured over my back.  I pulled the ripcord and stuck my hand in a large tall tree - thank God.
I landed feet first but my parachute fell out of the tree and covered me up.  I got out from under the chute and here came two German soldiers and of course, for me, the war was over.  They tore up my chute in strips and bound me up and saved my life.  All this happened on 16 June 1944, about 7 P.M.  The soldiers took me to Abbeville, France, and a German doctor operated on me.  I stayed at Abbeville for 30 days and then was taken to the big German Air Force hospital in Paris.  On the 10th August 1944, I came down with diphtheria and was put in isolation.  The Allied troops found us on 7 September 1944, and I was evacuated to England and then home on a hospital ship in November 1944.
(Reproduced with the kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield, from the author's book, Double Nickel, Double Trouble.)

Passed away on 18th December 1998


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