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41-34971

B-26 Marauder

B-26C-15-MA 41-34971 "Pay Off" was assigned to 386BG/554BS at Boxted, UK. The aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter on 22-Aug-43 while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The fighter attack set the right engine on fire and the aircraft subequently crashed at Brionne, France. 2KIA 2POW 2EVD.

P 2LT Wilma T. Caldwell, Jr. (KIA); CP 2LT Andrew G. Lindsay (EVD)
N/B 2LT Frank A. Schultz (KIA); RO/G TSGT Clayton H. Burdick, Jr. (EVD)
EG SSGT William M. Callahan (POW); AG SSGT Edward C. Sharpe (POW)

Service

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 554th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clayton Burdick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Radio Operator/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. TSGT Burdick was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft and managed to evade capture...

  • Wilma Caldwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    On 22-Aug-43 in B-26C 41-34971 "Pay Off" [RU:Q] 386BG/544BS while serving a pilot on a mission to bomb the German airfield Beaumont Le Roger, the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter killing the Navigator 2LT Frank A. Schultz and setting the right...

  • William Callahan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving a Engineer/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attakce by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. SSGT Callahan baled ouot of the stricken aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. The aircraft...

  • Andrew Lindsay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Co-Pilot of B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter and crashed one mile northeast of Brionne near Rouen, France August 22, 1943. He was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft and avoid capture...

  • Frank Schultz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving a Navigator/Bombardier on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The attack killed 2LT Schultz, set the right engine on...

  • Edward Sharpe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Areial Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter while on a mission to attack the German airfield of Braumont Le Roger, France. The attack set the right engine on fire. SSGT Sharpe was able...

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 30A

    22 August 1943
    36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. 35 are effective on the target. 1 B-26 Failed to Return - 2KIA 2POW 2EVD. The bomber gunners claim 3-0-0 of German fighters.

Places

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Brionne, France 22 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 17:45:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. However, Bishop & Hey have this loss listed as 2KIA 4 POW. MACR 375 has CP and RO/Gunner as RTD. A check of the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Reports has these two as evadees.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 23:29:16 Tanks Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941034971.html

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 23:10:45 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941034971.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 375 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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