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J H Bowen


On 8-Sep-43 in B-26C-15MA 41-34970 'Margie' [RG:L] 386BG/552BS while serving as Bombardier/Navigator the aircraft was ditched in sea of Goodwin Sands after sustaining damage from AA fire over the target of the German airfield at Lille/Vanderville, France. 5 crew were rescued but flight engineer John Park was lost. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 552nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-34970 Margie

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-15-MA 41-34970 was assigned to the 386BG/553BS at Boxted. On 8-Sep-43 the aircraft was part of a formation of 72 B-26s that had been despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft received extensive damage from...


  • VIII Air Support Command 54

    8 September 1943
    72 B-26s from: 387BG (18); 322BG (18); 386BG (18); 323BG (18) are despatched to bomb the coastal defenses in the Boulogne are of France. 68 are effective on hitting their targets. There are no losses or claims.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Rescued by ASR Goodwin Sands, United Kingdom 8 September 1943

Rescued from the sea off of Goodwin Sands,UK when the aircraft was ditched after sustaining battle damage over Lille/France.


Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 19:17:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place, AIrcraft & Mission within existing website data. Added FTR event and edited Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 0164,Combat Chronology Supplement p. 548, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey.