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41-31721

B-26 Marauder

B-26B-20-MA 41-31721 "Cactus Jack" was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and was abandoned by the crew two miles northwest of the target. 5POW 2EVD MACR 614.

P MAJ William T. Boren (EVD); CP 2LT Charles R. Esparza (POW)
N 1LT Joseph J. Rosa (POW); B 1LT Henry L. Mercer (POW)
EG SSGT James Beaman (POW); RG TSGT John L. Connell (EVD)
G SSGT Francis W. Anderson (POW)

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

  • Francis Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Tail Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire over the...

  • James Beaman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Engineer/Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire over the...

  • William Boren

    Military | Major | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while seving as Pilot of B-16B 41-31721, 387BG/559BS he was despatched from Chipping Ongar, UK along with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained extensive damage from...

  • John Connell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire...

  • Charles Esparza

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Shot down over France on 21 September 1943 in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack', 387BG/559BS while serving as Co-Pilot while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. He baled out of the aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of...

  • Harry Metzgar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Bombardier in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire over the...

  • Joseph Rosa

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Navigator of B-26B 41-31721 387BG/559BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire while attacking the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. 1LT Rosa an the rest of the crew were able to bale out of the stricken...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Beauvais, France 21 September 1943

Aircraft sustained dmdge from gorund fire during the attack and crashed two miles north-west of the German airfield at Beauvais/Tille, France. Crew baled out/

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 19:22:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Correcting typo in Description.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 19:18:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Added loss details and map location to FTR event, Added Description and crew position, rank, full proper name and dispostion of all crew members, foramtted crew display based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 614.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 09:14:10 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031721.html

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

MACR 614 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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