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41-31666

B-26 Marauder

B-26B-15-MA 41-31666 was assigned to the 387BG/558BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the Bomb Group was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield at Beauvaus/Tille, France. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and later on attacked by fighters on return just before the English coast. The Engineer, SSGT William Megonegal, baled out of the aircraft shortly after it was hit by AA fire and was captured as a POW. The other 5 crewmen stayed with the aircraft and made a wheels-up crashlanding at Chipping Ongar. No MACR issued.

P 1LT George M. Snyder (RTD); CP 2LT Thornton Stark (RTD)
N/B Unknown (RTD); E SSGT William Megonegal (POW)
G SGT Ed Kovlchik (RTD); G SSGT Laverne Stein (RTD)

Service

Units

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 558th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Megonegal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 387th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Baled out on Sept. 27, 1943 returning from mission to Beauvais/ Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters just before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The other 5...

  • Robert Paukert

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier; Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    Flew B-26 in 1943 - 1944 in England with 8th and 9th AF. DFC/ AM w 9 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • George Snyder

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at Chipping Ongar 27-Sep-43 returning from mission to Beauvais/Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The aircraft was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The Engineer baled...

  • Thornton Stark

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 387th Bomb Group

  • Laverne Stein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 387th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at Chipping Ongar Sept. 27, 1943 returning from mission to Beauvais/ Tille airfield in B26#41-31666 'Wuneach'. AC was hit by flak over target then attacked by flak before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. 1 Prisoner of War (POW), 5 RTD

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 73

    27 September 1943
    The German airfield of Beauvais/Tille is the target for a combined force of 72 B-26s despatched from: 322BG (36) and 387BG (36). 65 are effective on the target. There are no losses, but 1 aircraft sustains damage over the target and crashlands at...

Places

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5, UK 27 September 1943

Made a wheels-up crashlanding at Chipping Ongar on return from a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 16:26:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated people from MACR 15586 - http://www.fold3.com/image/47348709

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 17:43:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added crew display per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 17:39:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added connections to Place and Mission within rxisting website data; Added Crashed event, map location and Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 06:38:13 Tanks Changes to media associations
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AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 06:37:36 Tanks Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations
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AAM Photo

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