6 Oct. 1943 — Switzerland
Otis S Lee was residing in Ottawa, Oklahoma and enlisted at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 23 Jan, 1941 as a Private directly into the Army Air Corp. Otis was born in Oklahoma in 1920 and had completed high school and was still single at enlistment.
Otis trained as a Pilot and was sent over the the 99th Bomb Group as a Flight Officer, the B-17 Heavies out of Oudna, Tunisia, North Africa.
99th Bomb Group, B-17 Heavy, (346th bomb Squadron) #42-30474 Shot Down 6 Oct.. 1943 MACR 929 (AUS 18049642 ) in the B-17 F Heavy Bomber / the "BUM's RUSH". Lt Lee bailed out of the stricken ship and made his way to Switzerland. The TARGET for this Mission was Mestre, Italy and the ship was hit and crashed near Verona, Italy.
It was a long wait for Lt Otis S Lee, who was returned in 1944.
99th Bombardment Group
B-17 Flying Fortress
Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942.
Activated 1 Jun 1942. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943,
assigned to Twelfth AF.
Entered combat in Mar 1943. Assigned to Fifteenth AF Nov 1943
and moved to Italy in Dec 1943.
Inactivated in Italy on 8 Nov 1945.
*** 346th BS ---- >> Otis was assigned to the 346th BS
( Research placed on 02 Feb 2014 ) Returned with George Creeth, Tail Gunner shot-down in a B-26 of the 319th Bomb Group, who was able to escape into a hole during a forced march towards a Nazi POW Camp and then made it to Switzerland safely to wait a long time before return was possible.