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41-31908

B-26 Marauder

B-26B-30-MA 41-31908 [FW:U] was assigned to the 387BG/556BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft participated with 217 other B-26s in attacking the coastal defenses in and aroung Boulogne, France. During the attack the aircraft was severly damaged by AA fire and ended up crashing into the English Channel about a mile of the coast froom Boulogne, France. 6KIA MACR 2896.

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....

  • 556th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edgar Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 387BG/556BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was severly damaged by AA fire and crashed into the English Channel about a miles west of the target at Boulogne, France. The 322nd was moved to...

  • Norbert Hesse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 386BG/556BS while serving as Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was severely damaged by AA fire and crashed into the English Channel about one mile west of the target at Boulogne, France. The 322nd...

  • Delmar Leach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U], 387BG/556BS while serving a Tail Gunner. The aircraft was severely damaged by AA fire and crashed into the English Channel abour one mile west of the target at Boulogne, FR. The 322nd was...

  • Williams Ogilvie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 387BG/556BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was severely dmaged by AA fire and crashed into the ENglish Channle about one mile west of the target at Boulogne, France. The 322nd was...

  • Hansford Olney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 387BG/556BS while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft was severely damaged by AA fire and carshed into the English Channel about one mile west of the targe tof Boulogne, France. The...

  • Albert Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 387BG/556BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was severely damaged by AA fire and crashed into the English Channel about one mile west of the target at Boulogne, France. The 322nd...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 9 September 1943

Sustained damage for AA fire and crashed into the English Channle about a mile west of Boulogne, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2015 21:12:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunnningham 4-Jun-2015. Added Radion Call Sign and crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event per MACR 2896; Made connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data.

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

MACR 2896 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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