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Jack E Caldwell


On 12 April 1944, while exiting the target (Dunkirk naval facilities), Colonel Caldwell's B-26C (tail number 2107581) took a direct flak hit in the left wing, inboard of the engine. The wing was blown off, and the ship spun into the harbor, killing seven of the nine crew members, including Caldwell. Two men were blown out of the plane, one of whom survived. Caldwell was commander of 387th BG from 8 Nov 1943 until 12 April 1944.


Units served with

  • 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....

  • 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters Squadron


Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) 12 April 44


Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 19:05:13 Mandorix Changes to place associations

MACR 3745

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 19:01:13 Mandorix Changes to nickname, awards and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 18:41:08 Mandorix Changes to biography and events

Information from MACR 3745, including statement by 1LT John R. McGhee, the sole survivor.

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 16:16:04 Emily Changes to role, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:48 AAM AAM ingest

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / B-26 memorials guide