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Franklin E Swanson

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Franklin Swanson was an Armorer Gunner in the 386th Bomb Group. An experienced gunner who had flown on dozens of missions with the Robert Fry crew, Swanson was on his first mission with the crew of Lt Payne, replacing the regular gunner who had completed his tour. He was thus on B-26 # 42-96184 on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Injured by Flak, he was helped out of the plane but his parachute failed to open. His body was found by the Germans and initially buried in a French cemetery. After the war, his remains were re-interred at the Normandy American Cemetery - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7875.

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People

  • Hubert Altvater

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Hubert Altvater was a Co-Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the five...

  • Walter Payne

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Captain Walter Payne was a Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was piloting B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the...

  • Edward Roggenkamp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 386th Bomb Group
    Edward Roggenkamp was a Bombardier/Navigator in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on board B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed...

  • William Salyer

    Military | Corporal | Armorer Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    William Salyer was an Armorer Gunner in the 386th Bomb Group. An experienced gunner who had flown on dozens of missions with the Robert Fry crew, Salyer was on his first mission with the crew of Lt Payne, replacing the regular gunner who had completed...

  • Joseph Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Mechanical Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Joseph Weaver was on a local training flight on board B-26#41-17961 on 27 December 1943. Flown by Lt Robert C. Fry, the plane was involved in a landing accident at Froome airfield - Station 236, near Antrim, Northern Ireland. Weaver and four others...

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-96184

    B-26 Marauder
    42-96184 was on its second mission of the day on 6 August 1944. The target were fuel dumps near the Forêt d'Andainne, East of Domfront, Calvados, France. Hit by 88mm Flak shell above Le Havre, causing fire in the right engine. Three parachutes were...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State, New York, United States 1923
Lived in Erie County, New York State, United States 1942
Enlisted Buffalo, New York State, United States 28 August 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Killed In Action (KIA) near Trouville-sur-Mer, France 6 August 1944

His parachute failed to open and he was killed on the ground

Buried

Franklin Swanson rests at Plot B, Row 9, Grave 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 09:35:11 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Details from Radio Operator Joseph Weaver's daughter

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2016 16:01:26 ED-BB Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 7875
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Added Role/Job; edited Group and Place.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / B-26 memorials guide

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