On 21-Sep-43 while seving as Pilot of B-16B 41-31721, 387BG/559BS he was despatched from Chipping Ongar, UK along with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained extensive damage from AA fire and he and the rest of the crew were forced to bale out of the stricken aircraft before is crashed two iles northwest of the target. MAJ Boren was able to evade capture (E&E Report 194) and returned to England on 6-Nov-43. One other airman also evaded capture and 5 were captured as Prisoners of War (POW) 2EVD 5POW MACR 614.
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The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....
B-26B-20-MA 41-31721 "Cactus Jack" was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and...
21 September 1943
A combinded formation of 73 B-26s from: 287BG (37) and 322BG (36) are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. 44 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Fails to Return (FTR) 5POW 2EVD and 1 aircraft is Damaged...
Military site : airfield
The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...
|Evaded Capture (EVD)
||21 September 1943 – 6 November 1943
Baled out of aircraft damaged by AA fire and managed to evade capture. He reutrned to England on 6-Nov-43. His evasion is recorded on Escape & Evasion Report 194 which may be views at media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EEE-194.pdf.