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556th Bomb Squadron

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  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    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....

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Chipping Ongar

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People

  • Lloyd Allan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Crashed upon landing in Essex 26 June 1943 in B-26 #41-31680. Suffered minor injuries.

  • Lloyd Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    24 October 1943 Crash landed in #41-31641 at Gosfield, Essex. Returned to duty.

  • Houston Bartley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    26 June 1943 : Crashed upon landing in Essex in B-26 #41-31680. Suffered minor injuries. 24 October 1943 : Crash landed in #41-31641 at Gosfield, Essex. Returned to duty.

  • Gerard Baumann

    Military | Private First Class | Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Part of 8th AF from '42 to '43, shot down over France. French underground got him to safety and back to England. RTD Transferred to 9th AF in 1943

  • Harry Bear

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Ferry crew aboard B-26 41-31678 to ETO. Fatal mid air collision at Chipping Ongar 8-Mar-44 in B-26 41-31684 'Double Trouble'. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • William Boggis

    Military | Captain | Bombadier/Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Ferry crew B-26 41-31678 to ETO. Edward Sargent crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle stars).

  • Oliver Bragg

    Military | Corporal | Flight engineer / gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Ulvestad crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Brantley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Officially Killed In Action (KIA) but actually died in tragic accident while taxying, at start of B-26 bombing mission to France, on August 6 1944. ...

  • Edgar Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31908 [FW:U] 387BG/556BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was severly damaged by AA fire and crashed into the English Channel about a miles west of the target at Boulogne, France. The 322nd was moved to...

  • Curtis Christley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Ferry crew B-26 41-31679 to ETO. Engineer in B-26 41-31679; A/C iced up over the Channel, causing loss of control. Baled out prior to bale out command. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12341 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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Aircraft

  • 41-31908

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-30-MA 41-31908 [FW:U] was assigned to the 387BG/556BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft participated with 217 other B-26s in attacking the coastal defenses in and aroung Boulogne, France. During the attack the aircraft was severly...

  • 41-31675 Dudissary

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed in crash after mid air collision. 6 x RTD

  • 41-31696 Roughernacob

    B-26 Marauder

  • 42-96165 The Big Hairy Bird

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-107684 Top Sarge II

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-35062 Lucky Lady (No Pokes)

    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....

  • 41-31704 Top Sarge

    B-26 Marauder
    31 Jul 43-Mar 44, Flew 65 Sorties, 26 Mar 44: Crash landed due to flak damage (2 KIA) ...

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:01:30 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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