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"Crew of the Martin B-26 Marauder 'Lady Luck' of the 554th Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group pose by their plane at their base In Boxted Field, Essex, England On 4 January 1944." - B-26C serial 41-34947 'Lady Luck' (coded RU-K) of the 554th Bomb Sq, 386th BG.

Standing, from left: James Baxter, (CP); Emmett Curran, (P); Roy Stroud, (N/B).
Kneeling, from left: Robert Mixter, (E); John Lennon, (R); Robert Dall, (G).

Pilot is James A Baxter Sr. (top left)
here is another picture of the crew on a different day:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1695617196825&l=2d03baae27

Ground crew names on nosewheel door are Sgt Bob 'Shadow' Baron and Sgt Harry 'Wolf' Moore.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A11149-69801AC.

Connections

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 554th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

Aircraft

  • 41-34947 'Idiots Delight' 'Lady Luck'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG named "Idiot's delight". Transferred at 554BS, 386BG, 9AF renamed "Lady Luck". Lost 10-Feb-44 when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR...

Locations

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2018 11:30:30 SXS Changes to caption
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Crew names obtained from photo in book "The Story of the Crusaders" (History of the 386th Bomb Group).

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 22:34:23 Baxterco Changes to caption
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added link to another picture of the crew

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 22:32:42 Baxterco Changes to caption
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I am the grandson of James Baxter Sr

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 18:24:02 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 17:58:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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www.fold3.com

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