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43-34434

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Eller Railroad bridge, Germany shot down by enemy fighters, crashed near Demerath. 9 x KIA 23-12-44 MACR 11490.

Crew: Pilot Capt Mont F Stephensen [UT], Copilot 2Lt John L Grapes [OK], Nav 1Lt Robert J Kinney [MA], Bomb 1Lt Elmer R Borden [CA], Gee operator 1Lt Laverne F Grundman [MI], Eng S/Sgt Lynn E Rose Jr [KS], Radio T/Sgt William E Bower [OH], Tail S/Sgt Harry W Watson [WV], Eng/Gunner S/Sgt James V Galati [MN](All MIA/KIA).

Service

People

  • Mont Stephensen

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 70+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Eller Railroad bridge, Germany shot down by enemy fighters, crashed near Demerath. Killed in Action (KIA) 23-12-44 MACR 11490. Awards: DFC, AM (13 OLC), PH.

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Places

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martin.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Rivenhall, Witham CM8, UK 1944

Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 54552 Demerath, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Eller Railroad bridge, Germany shot down by enemy fighters, crashed near Demerath. 9 x KIA 23-12-44 MACR 11490.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2019 18:28:41 markstid Changes to description
Sources

To correct spelling of name: Capt. Mont Stephensen. Also, I believe all of the crew was listed as MIA and later all were classified KIA. Capt. Stephensen's remains were buried by townspeople and were recovered and repatriated by US Army Graves Registration to his hometown of Riverton, UT. His younger brother was Col. Mark Stephensen, USAF, MIA/KIA/remains returned, North Vietnam and is buried with his brother, Capt. Mont Stephensen.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2017 18:31:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46702112
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11490 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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