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B-26 Marauder

B-26C-15-MO 41-34949 [AN:H] was assigned to the 386BG/553BS at Boxted, UK. On 8-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by Lt. Robert Saltsman, made a wheels-up landing at Boxted upon return from a mission to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) and salvaged. All 6 crewmen were OK and Returned to Duty (RTD).



  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 553rd Bomb Squadron


  • VIII Air Support Command 54

    8 September 1943
    72 B-26s from: 387BG (18); 322BG (18); 386BG (18); 323BG (18) are despatched to bomb the coastal defenses in the Boulogne are of France. 68 are effective on hitting their targets. There are no losses or claims.


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 8 September 1943

DBR from wheels-up landing at Boxted after returning from a mission to Lille/Vendeville German airfield in France.


Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 19:52:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 3-Jun-2015. Correcting typo in Description.

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 19:51:56 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Jun-2015. NEW aircraft entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.