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41-17961

B-26 Marauder

41-17961 was on a training flight on 27 December 1943. It belonged to the Headqurters of the 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center. Due to a mechanical failure, the plane crashed on landing at RAF Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland. All five crew safe : Pilot Robert C. Fry; Co-pilot Vernon R. Hedges; Engineer John G. Latiloais; radioe operator Joseph D. Weaver; tail gunner Pierce Buckner. Aircraft totally destroyed.

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People

  • Pierce Buckner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    S/Sgt Pierce Buckner was Tail Gunner in B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed.

  • Robert Fry

    Military | Captain | Instructor (Pilot) | 322nd Bomb Group
    Robert Fry was a student of McMurray College, Abilene, TX before enlisting in January 1942. He won his wings and commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAAF at Roswell, New Mexico on 28 July 1942. He was later stationed at McDill Field in Tampa, Florida before...

  • Vernon Hedges

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Lt Vernon Hedges was Co-pilot of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed. On...

  • John Latiloais

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer
    Sgt John Latiloais was engineer on board of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally...

  • Joseph Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Mechanical Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Joseph Weaver was on a local training flight on board B-26#41-17961 on 27 December 1943. Flown by Lt Robert C. Fry, the plane was involved in a landing accident at Froome airfield - Station 236, near Antrim, Northern Ireland. Weaver and four others...

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  • Toome

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as a bomber OTU satellite, first to RAF Cluntoe and then to RAF Nutt’s Corner, Toome had three concrete runways, 30 pan type hardstandings, and two pairs of T2 hangars. 50 concrete 'fingers’ were added for aircraft storage during...

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Date Contributor Update
19 April 2018 07:48:28 ED-BB Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Accident report - Landing crash 27 December 1943

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