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42-107598

B-26 Marauder

9th AF / 387th BG / 559 BS - (ALG Clastres / A-71)

MIA: Saturday, 23 December 1944 @ 1030 hrs (Fighters / Fw190A)

Bastogne (10 miles from), Belgium

P: 1Lt William O Pile (KIA)
CP: 2Lt Robert W Ward (KIA)
B: 2Lt John J Walsh Jr
N: 1Lt John C Luce (KIA)
GEE: 2Lt Harold Ovis
E: T/Sgt George W Danner
RO: Cpl Belden H Hall
WG: S/Sgt Frank L Stasuk
TG: S/Sgt Milfred L Becker

3 KIA, 6 POW (MACR 11464) - SOC.

9th AF mission / 387th BG mission: (Mayen, Germany - Railroad bridge)

Pilot managed to keep the aircraft under control, allowing most of the crew to bale out.

Shot down by fighters from JG. 11

Luftwaffe report: KU 1191A

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Luce

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Mayen Bridge over Notte River, Germany. Shot down by fighters, pilot 1st Lt William O Pile managed to keep the aircraft under control, allowing most of the crew to bale out....

  • William Pile

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Mayen Bridge over Notte River, Germany. Shot down by fighters 1st Lt William O Pile managed to keep the aircraft under control, allowing most of the crew to bale out. Crashed...

  • Robert Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Mayen Bridge over Notte River, Germany. Shot down by fighters Pilot 1st Lt William O Pile managed to keep the aircraft under control, allowing most of the crew to bale out....

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

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...

  • Clastres

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martin (MO).

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5, UK 1944

9th AF / 387th BG / 559BS

Assigned Stony Cross, Malvern WR13, UK 17 July 1944

9th AF / 387th BG / 559BS

Group movement

Assigned 50410 Maupertuis, France 22 August 1944

9th AF / 387th BG / 559BS

Group movement

Assigned 28200 Ch√Ęteaudun, France 18 September 1944

9th AF / 387th BG / 559BS

Group movement

Assigned 02440 Clastres, France 30 October 1944

9th AF / 387th BG / 559BS

Group movement

MIA Bastogne, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Mayen Bridge over Notte River, Germany. Shot down by fighters pilot 1st Lt William O Pile managed to keep the aircraft under control, allowing most of the crew to bale out. Crashed 10 miles past Bastogne. 6 x POW, 3 x KIA. MACR 11464.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 05:12:02 terveurn Changes to description
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MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 05:11:05 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 05:09:29 terveurn Changes to description and events
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Dates from AIR FORCE COMBAT UNITS OF WORLD WAR II - Maurer

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:59:11 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:57:58 terveurn Changes to place associations
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from MACR

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17 June 2017 04:57:20 terveurn Changes to media associations
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:55:59 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

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17 June 2017 04:52:59 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:49:47 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:49:14 terveurn Changes to description
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from MACR

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 04:27:57 terveurn Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
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clean-up work

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2017 21:04:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46700939

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11464 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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