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41-31697

B-26 Marauder

B-26B-20-MA #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 it was being piloted by 1LT Elwood R. McClendon. 1LT McClendon attempted to take off with a full bomb load in dense fog on instruments. He veered left too soon after takeoff and struck a tree, crashing the aircraft. Two bombs exploded on impact and vie other exploded six minutes after impact. Only the Tail Gunner survived with serious injuries. 5KOM 1INJ. No MACR issued.

P 1LT Elwood R. McClendon (KOM); CP 2LT Calvin C. Chalker, JR (KOM)
N/B 2LT Jack S. Rives (KOM); E/G SSGT Medardo T. Lopez (KOM)
RO/G SSGT George D. Bennett (KOM); SGT Acle B. Caywood (INJ)

This aircraft is also cited in 2 entries in aviationarchaeology.com - showing it was lost on 29 Nov 1943 with Walter J. Ives, - MACR 16096; in addition to the loss described above - MACR 16093

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....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner. The crashed into a tree on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner survived with...

  • Acle Caywood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Seriously injured in B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft struck a tree and crashed on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The bomb load exploded. By some miracle he was saved from the...

  • Calvin Chalker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM). B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircrat crashed on instrument takeoff and struck a tree while departing on mission to Boulogne, rance. Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner...

  • Walter Ives

    Military | Major | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Landed at fighter base on 29 November 1943 in B-26 #41-31697 after plane iced up over the Channel. 2 of the crew bailed out. and were lost.

  • Medardo Lopez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft crashed into a tree while on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner...

  • Elwood McClendon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM). B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft struck a tree during a takeoff on instruments on a mission to Boulogne, France Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner survived but was...

  • Jacks Rives

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft crashed into a tree on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner survived with...

Missions

  • 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...

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 9 September 1943 – 9 September 1943

Taking off on instruments the aircraft struck a tree and crashed with two bomb explodin on impact and the reaminin five bombs exploded six minutes later

Crashed 29 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 22:19:14 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the A/C "Description" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 14:38:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

Two conflicting citations in http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31697&Submit6=Go. This requires further investigation.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 22:16:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee CUnningham 5-Jun-2015. Added crew position, rank, full proper name dispostion of crewmen and formatted crew display per "Losses of the 8ht & 9ht Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 21:52:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Jun-2015. Made connections to Unit, Place adn Mission wihtin existing website data; Added Crashed event and crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 05:37:29 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031697.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 16063 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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