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41-31741

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 322BG, 449BS, 9AF USAAF. Missions flown 96, 17 Jul 43 to 4 Jun 44; recoded PN-N, Missions flown 16; 17 Jun 44 to 12 Aug 44.
Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France hit by flak in bombay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Crew 1.Lt's. Francis L. Hunt; Lyle L Peters; Morris Rafalow; T/Sgt Raymond J Morin; S/Sgt's William F Stark; Norman E Thielan. (Thielan POW, rest of crew KIA). MARC 8039

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 449th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Francis Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Assigned to 449BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Raymond Morin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8039. ...

  • Lyle Peters

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8039. Awards: PH.

  • Morris Rafalow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomb/Navigator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8039. Awards: PH.

  • William Stark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Top turret | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8039. ...

  • Norman Thielan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France in B-26 41-31741 A/C hit by flak in bomb bay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. Baled out sole survivor. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8039. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1943

Built at Martins.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

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

Assigned to 322BG, 449BS, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 61100 Flers, France 12 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Flers, France hit by flak in bombay over target, ignited, exploded, crashed in two pieces. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR 8039.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 12:40:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2015.htm
http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2016.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31741&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28677057

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 22:32:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2015.htm
http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2016.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31741&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28677057

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 05:06:27 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=21485625

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 10:47:24 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031741.html

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

MACR 8039 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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