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41-34987

B-26 Marauder

B-26C-15-MA 41-34987 "Danny Boy II" was assigned to the 386BG/552BS at Great Dunmow, UK.

On 27-Sep-43 the Group was despatched to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. Un-route to the target the aircraft took a direct hit from AA fire in the left engine and crashed ten miles north-east of Fecamp, France. 6KIA MACR 755.

P 1LT Willaim F. Cox, Jr. (KIA); CP 2LT Dearing F. Stone (KIA)
N/B 2LT Harold J. Corbin (KIA) RO TSGT George H. Dunn, Jr. (KIA)
E SSGT Arthur J. Vermette (KIA) TG SGT William R. Newell (KIA)

Service

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Harold Corbin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft took a direct hit from AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. The aircraft...

  • William Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine while enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conshes, France. The aircraft crashed...

  • George Dunn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft tooK a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed...

  • William Newell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed and...

  • Dearing Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. The aircraft crashed and...

  • Arthur Vermette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Engineer. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed and...

  • Jerold Wendt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Accident while taking off on June 23, 1943. B26B-41-31632 had just ferryed over from US. When leaving Earl's Colne for Boxted, lost manifold pressure.

  • Frank White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Accident while taking off on June 23, 1943. B26B-41-31632 had just ferryed over from US. When leaving Earl's Colne for Boxted, lost manifold pressure.

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 25B

    18 August 1943
    36 B-25s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. 32 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims, but 8 aircraft are damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

  • VIII Air Support Command 36A

    27 August 1943
    36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Pois/Nord, France. 35 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Air Support Command 41

    2 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a formation of 36-B-26s from 386BG despatched to bomb the power station at Rouen, France. The target is obscured by clouds, so the formation diverts to bomb the secondary target of the...

  • VIII Air Support Command 48

    5 September 1943
    Railroad marshalling yards are the targets of this two-element mission. The firstelement is a combined force of 72 B-26s from 323BG and 322BG despatched to bomb two railroad marshalling yards at Ghent, Belgium. 63 are effective on the targets. There...

  • VIII Air Support Command 51

    6 September 1943
    Railroad marshalling yards in France are the targets of this two-element mission. The first element is a formation of 72 B-26s from: 323BG (36) and 322BG (36) despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. This is the second...

  • VIII Air Support Command 53

    8 September 1943
    The German airfields a Lille, France ar the primay targets for this two element mission. The first element is a force of 71 B-26s from 323BG (35) and 387BG (36) despatched to bomb th Lille/Nord airfield. 68 aircraft are effective on the target. There...

  • VIII Air Support Command 57

    14 September 1943
    Two German airfields are the intended targets of this mission. 108 B-26s from: 322BG (36); 386BG (36); and 387BG (36) are depatched to bomb the German airfields ay Woendrecht, Holland and Lille/Nord, France but the formations are recalled due to bad...

  • VIII Air Support Command 66

    22 September 1943
    This mission was comprised of two elements of B-26 Bombers (M) despatched to bomb the German airfields of Beauvais/Tille and Evereux/Fauville, France. The first element was a combined force of 72 B-26s from 322BG (36) and 387BG (36) that were...

  • VIII Air Support Command 69

    24 September 1943
    The German airfield of Evereux/Fauville is the target for a combined force of 72 B-26s from 366BG (36) and 387BG (36). 71 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses, but 4 aircrft are damaged. The bomber gunners claim 0-1-0 of German...

  • VIII Air Support Command 74

    27 September 1943
    The German airfield at Conches, France is the target for this combined force of 72 B-26s despatched from: 323BG (36) and 386BG (36). One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 6KIA and 4 others are damaged. There are no claims on enemy aircraft.

Places

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Fécamp, France 27 September 1943

Shot down by a direct hit from AA fire in the left engine and crashed about 10 miles north-east of Fecamp, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2021 17:36:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

From "Lt. Joseph D McIntyre USAAF European Theater of Operation June 1943-October 1944" provided by Tully McIntyre, son of Joseph D. McIntyre.
“Mighty Eighth War Diary”, by Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2018 16:35:41 Lucy May Changes to nicknames
Sources

Changed nickname from 'Margie' to 'Danny Boy II':
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1941_5.html
https://cathyeatonfamily.weebly.com/ww-ii-b-26-war-marauder-crew.html - account written by Chester P Klier

The nickname is given as 'Margie' in "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE but as Klier was the Bomb Group's historian, I'm going to go with that nickname.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 18:34:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added crew position, rank, full proper name and dispostions of all crew, formatted crew diaplay per MACR 755.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 18:16:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Corrected typo in Description.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 18:14:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added Nickname , Radio Call Sign and Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan BIshop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission and addted FTR event loss details and Map location per MACR 755.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 23:23:33 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941034987.html

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

MACR 755 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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