IWM catalogue record
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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.'
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...
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...