1st Lieutenant Jack O. Rhyner

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Record 211/959
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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of 1st Lieutenant Jack O. Rhyner.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Three-quarter seated view of 1st Lieutenant Jack O. Rhyner. He is wearing an officer's service uniform and hat. He wears officer's "US" collar insignia and Air Force lapel insignia. He also wears a pilot's qualification wings on his left breast and Army Air Force patch on his left shoulder.
Jack O. Rhyner was the son of Walter H. and Nettie M. Rhyner. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1940 and attended the Oshkosh State Teachers College for two years. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force in January 1, 1941. He trained at Freeman Field, IN and became a pilot on B-17 "Flying Fortress" Bombers. He was flying his fifth bombing mission out of England when he was listed as missing in action on January 29, 1944 over Germany. His B-17 had been shot down on the return trip and he parachuted to safety. His only injury was a twisted ankle. For seven months he was assisted by the French underground and evaded capture. In September 1944 his parents received news that he was in England and on his way back to the US. He was still listed in the US Army in the 1946 Oshkosh City Directory.
Object ID P2005.20.39
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Rhyner, Jack O.
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Title 1st Lieutenant Jack O. Rhyner
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