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B-26 Marauder

Assigned to the 387th Bomb Group / 556th Bomb Squadron. First sortie 21 April 1944. On taking off from Chipping Ongar with Pilot Lt Jerald Fisher on 21 May 1944, it experienced complete instrument failure and made an emergency landing on cross runway. It swerved at the end of the runway, hitting with its wingtip a 558th Squadron plane that was waiting its turn to take-off (B-26 # 42-95930 - KX-D). 41-35062 slid into trees at the end of the runway. No injuries. Plane was salvaged for parts.



  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb 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....

  • 556th Bomb Squadron


  • Chipping Ongar

    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...


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Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 12:32:50 ED-BB Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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