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41-34856

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR 6 x KIA MACR 2455

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 451st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Hoy Bonnett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 ...

  • Clifton Freeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 ...

  • Kenneth Grothouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), PH.

  • James Ley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Clifton Freeman crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 ...

  • George Luke

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Photographer | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 Awards: AM, PH.

Places

  • 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
Assigned Andrews Field, UK 1943

Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Abbeville, France 29 February 1944 – 29 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR MACR 2455

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 19:34:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28604126
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/150151

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2019 00:49:56 John Szweda Changes to markings
Sources

Source is from Missing Air Crew Report for B-26 # 41-34856

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2017 14:02:03 John Szweda Changes to nicknames
Sources

Note: Name of aircraft above is edited through personal knowledge of person who knew flight Officer William V. Thorin who flew Denalis' CheeChaKoo II.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 10:44:31 Tanks Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2003.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2455 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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