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B-26 Marauder

B-26B-30-MA 41-31911 was assigned to 387BG at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by Lt Thomas Alford sustained damage form flak over the target at Boulogne, Fracnce. Lt Alford managed to fly the aircraft back to England and crashlanded in at the base. The aircraft was declared to be Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR). All of the 6 crew were OK and Returned to Duty (RTD)



  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb 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....


  • VIII Air Support Command 55

    9 September 1943
    The coastal defenses along the French coast near Boulogne are the targets for 217 B-26s from: 322BG (54); 323BG (54); 386BG (55) and 387BG (54). These operational capacity of each of these Groups has been increased by 50%. 202 aircraft are effective on...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5, UK 9 September 1943

Sustained damage form flak on mission to Boulogne, France and crashlanded at the field upon return


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 23:01:04 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 5-Jun-2015. NEW aircraft entry per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Satn BIshop & John A. Hey MBE.