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41-31896

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 323BS, 453BG, 9AF USAAF. 121 x missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Germany 23-Dec-1944. Took a direct or near direct hit in port engine and started into a uncontrolled spin. Crew did not manage to bale out 6 x KIA. MACR 11659.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Joseph C Bostick, Co pilot 2Lt James P Hodges, Bomb 1Lt Howard Detel, Tail gunner S/Sgt A C Carrell, Eng/TT S/Sgt Albin W Les, Radio S/Sgt Robert E Hohimer.

Service

Units

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 453rd Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Joseph Bostick

    Military | First Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). FLEW A B-26 BOMBER, AND WAS SHOT DOWN OVER FRANKFURT AU MAIN IN BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

  • A Carrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armourer / gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Germany 23-Dec-1944. A/C B-26 41-31896 took a direct or near direct hit in port engine and went into a uncontrolled spin. Crew did not manage to bale out. Killed in Action ...

  • Howard Detel

    Military | First Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on B-26 mission to Eller RR bridge during Battle of the Bulge.

  • James Hodges

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Germany 23-Dec-1944. A/C B-26 41-31896 took a direct or near direct hit in port engine and went into a uncontrolled spin. Crew did not manage to bale out. Killed in Action ...

  • Robert Hohimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on B-26 mission to Eller RR bridge during Battle of the Bulge.

  • Albin Les

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on B-26 mission to Eller RR bridge during Battle of the Bulge.

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Places

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martin.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Earls Colne, Colchester CO6, UK 1944

Assigned to 323BS, 453BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Germany 23-Dec-1944. Took a direct or near direct hit in port engine and started into a uncontrolled spin. Crew did not manage to bale out 6 x KIA. MACR 11659.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2016 12:16:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46705346
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 18:53:39 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031896.html

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

MACR 11659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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