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Donald L Jacobs

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On March 26th, 1944, Sgt Paul Raymond Scott went with his crew to Holland for an a maximum effort raid on Ijmuiden, Holland to hit the boat pens with 344 bombers over the target. Despite heavy flak defenses, only one bomber was lost in the attack (this was the Toid Boid).

They took a direct hit in the bomb bay and went down near IJmuiden
The crew of the Toid Boid was a new crew because the actual crew (Foster crew) had a day off. The crew on this day was called the "Reese crew", concerning the following crew-members:

* 2nd Lt Halmyth C. Reese (Pilot),
* William C. Berryman (Co Pilot),
* Sgt Paul R. Scott (Radio operator/ Waist gunner,
* Sgt Ralph R. Brown (Bombardier),
* S/Sgt Alex E. Sundberg (Armorer/Turret gunner,
* Sgt Donald L. Jacobs (Engineer/Tail gunner)
The German report indicates that "Toid Boid" was shot down by heavy flack at 14.44 hrs local time and crashed 2 km south of IJmuiden in the Dunes.

Picture’s of the orginal crew from the “Toid Boid” the Foster Crew. This lucky crew had a day off.
Cpt.Foster is passed away you can find information on this link:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=6024246

Investigation at the crash site learned that the wreckage was destroyed for 95%. Only a part of the tail was recognizable, filed with number 134 on the left side and 853 on the right side. The body of Sgt Paul R Scott was found among the back dome at that time he could not be identified. The crew was buried on March 29, 1944 in IJmuiden on the cemetery at the Havenkade and transferred after the war to Margraten (Sgt Paul R. Scott was first buried at Temporary American Military Cemetery Margraten Block PPP, Row 2, Grave 47), and in 3 cases repatriated to the USA. At 1948 1949 many soldiers were repatriated to the USA. In this time Sgt Scott reburied in to his final resting place at American Military Cemetery Magraten Plot J, Row 16, Grave 1. For his sacrifice/service and and has contributed to our freedom, he got a purple heart .

Picture’s from parts who has found at the crash site of the toid boid.

Statement from Sgt Robert C. Malarkey, Tail Gunner, A/C 787:
"While we were on the bomb run, I saw Lt. Reese's airplane on fire. The fire was coming from the roots of the wings and was streaming back to the tail. We turned and I lost sight of it momentarily. The next time I saw it, it was spiraling steeply down. I saw it strike on the coast and explode. I did not see any chutes from the airplane.

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  • William Berryman

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-26C #41-34853 'Toid Boid'. Shot down by flak on mission to Ijmuiden, Holland. Crashed 1 mile east of Ijmuiden coast. In 1943 his plane was forced down in the North Sea, and he was awarded the Air Medal, and promoted to Major,...

  • Ralph Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-26C #41-34853 'Toid Boid'. Shot down by flak on mission to Ijmuiden, Holland. Crashed 1 mile east of Ijmuiden coast.

  • Halmyth Reese

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-26C #41-34853 'Toid Boid'. S ...

  • Paul Scott

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-26C #41-34853 Toid Boid'. ...

  • Alex Sundberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-26C #41-34853 'Toid Boid'. Shot down by flak on mission to Ijmuiden, Holland. Crashed 1 mile east of Ijmuiden coast. RZ

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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Date Contributor Update
09 May 2018 21:26:15 rzoontjens Changes to place associations
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Date Contributor Update
28 March 2016 12:05:50 rzoontjens Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
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