Ed Olson with B-17 bomber crew, ca. 1940s

Title

Ed Olson with B-17 bomber crew, ca. 1940s

Subject

United States -- Texas -- Williamson County.
War (World War II).

Description

Digital scan of black and white photograph of Ed Olson of Taylor, Texas during training in WWII. There are four men crouching and three men standing behind. This is Olson's crew for his first B-17 before heading to England. They are standing next to the back end (underneath a wing) of their B-17 plane.

Ed Olson, from Taylor, Texas, entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 and trained in California, New Mexico, and South Dakota. He served in England, and was awarded the European Theater of Operations (ETO) Ribbon with two Battle Stars.

Ed Olson flew 10 B-17 bombing missions from England then returned to Laredo, Texas as a flight instructor for the remainder of the war. He would have pilots get flight hours in training for B-17s by flying them up to Taylor, Texas, including down main street and diving towards his mother in the field when she hung laundry out to dry.

Date

ca. 1940s

Contributor

Gift of Ed & Larry Olson.

Rights

All rights to the images are held by the respective holding institution. This image is posted for non-profit educational purposes, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce images and/or for copyright information, contact The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626.

http://williamsonmuseum.org

Language

English

Type

Photograph

Files

2013022003ParksB17.jpg
Date Added
October 5, 2013
Collection
Permanent Collection
Item Type
Still Image
Citation
“Ed Olson with B-17 bomber crew, ca. 1940s,” World War II Comes to Williamson County, accessed September 22, 2018, https://ww2comestowilliamsoncounty.omeka.net/items/show/573.