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William R Newell


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 burned about 10 miles north-east of Fecamp, France. 386th BG was part of the 8th AF from July-October 1943.


Units served with

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb 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


  • 41-34987 Danny Boy II

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


  • 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.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Fécamp, France 27 September 1943

Killed whewn aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed near Fecamp, France.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 7, Grave 32.


Date Contributor Update
28 March 2018 16:40:09 Lucy May Changes to biography

Changed nickname from 'Margie' to 'Danny Boy II': - 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 19:21:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 755; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added Decoration and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added crew position and loss details to Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15266,Combat Chronology Supplement p. 548, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 293.