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41-31765

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. This aircraft was written-off after crash-landing on 12th August 1944. It had received flak damage while over Flers, France and had its electrical system, generators and hydraulic systems shot out. The crew nursed it back to the base (Great Saling, Essex, USAAF St 485 [Renamed Andrews Field]) and got the gear cranked down after which the pilot ordered the enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower, killing both pilots. MACR 15747.

Crew:

2nd Lt. John R. Walker, Jr. - Pilot (O-814603) KIA
2nd Lt. Bruce Taylor - Co-Pilot (O-764829) KIA
S/Sgt. Ernest Pilot - Togglier (16108300) RTD on 8/25/44
Sgt. George E. Peterson - Engineer/Gunner (36650962) RTD on 8/25/44
Sgt. John B. Hill - Radio Operator/Gunner (16119103) EUS
Sgt. Marvin E. Vogt - Tail Gunner (37527425) RTD

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...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • John Hill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Evacuated to United States (EUS) 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Peterson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Pilot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base severely battle damaged, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747. Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Marvin Vogt

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base severely battle damaged, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747. ...

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 – 12 August 1944

Built at Martin.

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, 9AF USAAF.

Combat damaged 61100 Flers, France 12 August 1944

Battle damaged. Hit by flak over target, Flers France.

Crashed Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 12 August 1944

Fatal crash at base, flak damaged with failed hydraulics, departed runway and crashed into control tower killing both pilots. MACR 15747.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2017 19:30:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31765&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/47350050
https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/bandeirantes-beach/

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 09:47:28 Superman Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 09:44:50 Superman Changes to markings and events
Sources

MACR report

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

MACR 15747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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