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William T. Boren


On 21-Sep-43 while seving as Pilot of B-16B 41-31721, 387BG/559BS he was despatched from Chipping Ongar, UK along with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained extensive damage from AA fire and he and the rest of the crew were forced to bale out of the stricken aircraft before is crashed two iles northwest of the target. MAJ Boren was able to evade capture (E&E Report 194) and returned to England on 6-Nov-43. One other airman also evaded capture and 5 were captured as Prisoners of War (POW) 2EVD 5POW MACR 614.


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....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31721 Cactus Jack

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-20-MA 41-31721 "Cactus Jack" was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and...


  • VIII Air Support Command 65

    21 September 1943
    A combinded formation of 73 B-26s from: 287BG (37) and 322BG (36) are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. 44 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Fails to Return (FTR) 5POW 2EVD and 1 aircraft is Damaged...

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
Evaded Capture (EVD) Beauvais, France 21 September 1943 – 6 November 1943

Baled out of aircraft damaged by AA fire and managed to evade capture. He reutrned to England on 6-Nov-43. His evasion is recorded on Escape & Evasion Report 194 which may be views at


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 20:14:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Correcting Mission connection per MACR 614.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 19:42:18 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunnigham 26-Jun-2015. Added NEW person entry, all data from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; MACR 614 and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report 194: