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41-17943

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to be the causes. 26-Apr-43. Pilot Lt Clyde H Larey Jr.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leslie Heidelberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Service on 26 April 1943 when B-26B 41-17943 Failed to Return (FTR) from a training mission in, fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to have been the...

  • Joseph Landry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in B-26B 41-17943, fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to be the causes. 26-Apr-43. Awards: PH.

  • Clyde Larey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in B-26B 41-17943, fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to be the causes. 26-Apr-43. ...

  • Hiram Patterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in B-26B 41-17943, fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to be the causes. 26-Apr-43. Awards: PH.

  • William Speidel

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in B-26B 41-17943, fatal crash Bassingbourn. Gusty conditions and a mechanical problem with the fin appear to be the causes. 26-Apr-43. Awards: PH.

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1943

Built at Martin's.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 1943

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth SG8, UK 26 April 1943

Fatal Crash Bassingbourn/Sta Cat 5 damage Lt Clyde H Larey, 26-Apr-43.

B-26B 41-17943 - 450BS 322BG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 16:12:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-17943&Submit4=Go
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205369298
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109362
http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.06.htm
http://www.worldmilitair.com/production/martin%20179.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 16:11:57 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-17943&Submit4=Go
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205369298
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109362
http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.06.htm
http://www.worldmilitair.com/production/martin%20179.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 15:05:34 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-17943&Submit4=Go
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205369298
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109362
http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.06.htm
http://www.worldmilitair.com/production/martin%20179.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 15:04:49 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-17943&Submit4=Go
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205369298
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109362
http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.06.htm
http://www.worldmilitair.com/production/martin%20179.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 15:03:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-17943&Submit4=Go
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205369298
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109362
http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.06.htm
http://www.worldmilitair.com/production/martin%20179.htm

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