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B-25 Marauder (ER-X, serial number 41-31765) nicknamed “Fightin’ Cock” of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group.

Connections

Units

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Peterson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / gunner
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged B-26 #41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Pilot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane, skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747. ...

  • John Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-31765 "Fightin' Cock"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. This aircraft was written-off after crash-landing on 12th August 1944. It had received flak damage while over Flers, France and had its electrical system, generators and hydraulic systems shot out. The crew nursed...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 09:23:31 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Corrected unit and aircraft associations as per information provided by Roy Bozych, historian of the 323rd Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 07:58:08 Emily Changes to collection and place associations
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Removed place associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 18:13:28 btrandolph Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

from photo album belonging to E. Brewster Freeland, military photographer 1943-44

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