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Leslie W Colby

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) in B-26B 41-18058 [ER:S] 322BG/450BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was hit by flak on mission to Boulogne, France. Engine damaged by hit, aircraft flipped and went into the English Channel . The 322nd was moved to the 9th AF Oct. 1943.

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 41-18058

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-4-MA 41-18058 [ER:S] was assigned to the 322BG/450BS at Andrews Field, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft was struck by flak over the target of the coastal defenses near Boulogne, France. The aircraft entered a spin, rolled on its back and crashed into...

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...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Killes in Action (KIA) Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 9 September 1943

Killedwhen aircraft was struck by flak and crashed into the English Channel near Boulogne, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Neupré, Belgium 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2015 18:22:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Jun-2015. Added desorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15064; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary biograpy adding call sign, unit association and crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15604, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 279

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