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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 386th Bomb Group with their B-26 Marauder (RU-A, serial number 41-31658) nicknamed "Privy Donna". A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: ''Boxted Airdrome, Colchester, Essex, England. August/Sept 1943. Rear row: Left- Co Pilot Robt. L Stevenson, 1st Lt (deceased). Centre- Flight Ldr & Pilot, Capt AL Cane. Right- Navigator, 1st Lt Jos D Watzlavick. Middle Row: Left- Radio Gunner S/Sgt Jos Hough. Centre- Flt Engr/ Gunner "Tex" DE Coffman, T/Sgt. Right: Tail Gunner S/Sgt Cliff Bates. Front Row: Centre- Line Chief- M/Sgt Regis Toomey. Right: Asst Crew Chief- Sgt Kidwell, Left: Armorer- (don't recall). Not Shown- Crew Chief, T/Sgt Alva L Smith.'



  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...



  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:31 AAM AAM ingest

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