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557th Bomb Squadron

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  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    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....

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Chipping Ongar

Connections

People

  • Florenze Ackmann

    Military | 387th Bomb Group

  • Neil Bartholme

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    ...

  • William Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Flew in B-26 #42-96199. Shot down during mission over Chartres, Killed in Action ...

  • Kevin Cadigan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group

  • Harry Dennis

    Military | Colonel | 387th Bomb Group

  • George Farfaras

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-26C s/n 42-96199 on 26 May 1944 over Chartres, France KIA. The enginner and the radio operator never bailed out has they were trying to assist the tailgunner with his parachute harness who had neglected to put it on before the mission...

  • Lloyd Hensley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Gee Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Hagen, Germany in B-26 42-96309 'Shirley D' shot down by flak near Bastogne, Belgium, crashed, exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10877. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ephriam Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Arm/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Hagen, Germany in B-26 42-96309 'Shirley D' shot down by flak near Bastogne, Belgium, crashed, exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10877. ...

  • George James

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    George T James served as a pilot with the 9th Air Force. He flew B-26 Marauders with the 391st Bomb Group. ...

  • Martin Keefe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 387th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-96309 'Shirley D'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Hagen, Germany shot down by flak near Bastogne, Belgium, crashed, exploded. 4 x POW, 3 x KIA. MACR 10877. ...

  • 42-96199

    B-26 Marauder
    #42-96199 took off from station 162 Chipping Ongar, Essex UK on a mission to bomb Chartres’ airfield. Around 1755, just as the plane, part of the first bombing group, was starting its run, a flak barrage scored a direct hit on the No.2 engine. The...

  • 41-31720 Ole Smokey

    B-26 Marauder

  • 42-96140

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31706 Danita

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31672 Worry Wart

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31718 El Capitan

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31707 Five by Fives

    B-26 Marauder

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:01:25 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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