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42-96144

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. 7 x KIA (KIA). MACR 11483.

Crew: Pilot 1st Lt Charles W Estes (MO), Co-pilot 1st Lt William D Collins (IA), Bomb 1st Lt Craig E Lewis (IL), Eng S/Sgt James P Negri (NY), Radio T/Sgt William E Epps (AR), Arm Sgt Bruno T Daszkiewicz (IL) X Gun Pfc Abraham J Korn (NJ).

Service

People

  • William Collins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Bruno Daszkiewicz

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer/Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Bruno was born in Illinois, the son of Frank and Charlotte Daszkiewicz, on 15 Jun 1927. Being eager to serve, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army Air Force on 19 Jul 1943 in Chicago. He was just 16, but a strapping lad. After training, he...

  • William Epps

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Charles Estes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Abraham Korn

    Military | Private | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Craig Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • James Negri

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Filght engineer | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Places

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martin.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned 1944

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed St Vith, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. 7 x KIA (KIA). MACR 11483.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2017 18:13:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46701641
https://www.fold3.com/page/461676294_bank_nite_betty_and_hunconscious_39...

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 15:35:13 millebr Changes to markings
Sources

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 14:33:08 millebr Changes to nicknames
Sources

Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11483 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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