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41-31767

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt,France. Damaged badly enough by AAA [hit in port engine, which was feathered and undercarriage dropped, possibly hydraulic damage] on the 21-Apr-44 mission to cause the crew to bail out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. All six men survived and became POW's. MACR 4308.

Crew:
F/O Thomas H. Rivenbark - pilot
2ndLt. Galend E. Stone - copilot
T/Sgt. John L. Misarke - bombardier/navigator
S/Sgt. Wilbur L. Moore - engineer/gunner
S/Sgt. Paul E. McManes - radio operator/gunner
S/Sgt. Curtis B. Hill - armorer/gunner

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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

People

  • Curtis Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer/gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

  • Paul McManes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator/gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

  • John Misarko

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier/navigator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

  • Wilbur Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

  • Thomas Rivenbark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

  • Galend Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France in B-26 41-31767. A/C abandoned due to flak damage, bailed out near the coast of France [Berck sur mer]. Prisoner of War (POW). 21-Apr-44. MACR 4308. ...

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 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 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 62600 Berck, France 21 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Siracourt, France. Damaged badly enough by AAA on the 21-Apr-44 mission to cause the crew to bail out near the coast of France. All six men survived and became POW's. MACR 4308.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 10:16:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31767&Submit6=Go
https://www.facebook.com/Radio.WW2/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28632368

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:03:45 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031767.html

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

MACR 4308 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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