Colonel George Snyder of the 387th Bomb Group and his crew, with their B-26 Marauder nicknamed "Wuneach". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'George Snyder (Ext Left) & crew. From Col RW Keller.'
B-26B-15-MA 41-31666 was assigned to the 387BG/558BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the Bomb Group was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield at Beauvaus/Tille, France. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and later on attacked by fighters on return just before the English coast. The Engineer, SSGT William Megonegal, baled out of the aircraft shortly after it was hit by AA fire and was captured as a POW. The other 5 crewmen stayed with the aircraft and made a wheels-up crashlanding at Chipping Ongar. No MACR issued.
P 1LT George M. Snyder (RTD); CP 2LT Thornton Stark (RTD)
N/B Unknown (RTD); E SSGT William Megonegal (POW)
G SGT Ed Kovlchik (RTD); G SSGT Laverne Stein (RTD)
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....
Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 387th Bomb Group
Prisoner of War (POW). Baled out on Sept. 27, 1943 returning from mission to Beauvais/ Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters just before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The other 5...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier; Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
Flew B-26 in 1943 - 1944 in England with 8th and 9th AF.
DFC/ AM w 9 Oak Leaf Cluster
Military | Colonel | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
Crash landed at Chipping Ongar 27-Sep-43 returning from mission to Beauvais/Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The aircraft was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The Engineer baled...
Military | Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 387th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | 387th Bomb Group
Crash landed at Chipping Ongar Sept. 27, 1943 returning from mission to Beauvais/ Tille airfield in B26#41-31666 'Wuneach'. AC was hit by flak over target then attacked by flak before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. 1 Prisoner of War (POW), 5 RTD
27 September 1943
The German airfield of Beauvais/Tille is the target for a combined force of 72 B-26s despatched from: 322BG (36) and 387BG (36). 65 are effective on the target. There are no losses, but 1 aircraft sustains damage over the target and crashlands at...
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...
||Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5, UK
||27 September 1943
Made a wheels-up crashlanding at Chipping Ongar on return from a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France