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Péronne

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Detailed history

474th Fighter Group took over from JG26.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

People

  • Francis Brodley

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • William Byers

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-Twin Engine | 474th Fighter Group
    Bend, Oregon 430th FS 474th FG P-38J/P-38L 2 kills 49th FBW F-84E Korean War Brother Jim Byers also flew in 430th FS shared same P-38s.

  • Robert Curran

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 5 x missions. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in...

  • Henry Darling

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Dusseldorf in P-38J 44-23573 shot down in melee with Fw190's Koln, Germany 13-Oct-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9540 Awards: AM (15 OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Essman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Airplane Crew Chief MOS 059 | 397th Bomb Group
    Technical Sergeant Andrew W. Essman was the dedicated crew chief of Aircraft B-26B-55-MA 42-96191/9FN nicknamed “The Milk Run Special.” ...

  • Elmer Freeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) R/R Oissel. Hit by flak prior to reaching the target. It was last seen going down with two engines smoking, but apparently under control near Aboucourt, France. 8-May-44 Evaded capture, via a...

  • Charles Heckel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1056 Twin Engine Fighter Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Col Heckel always knew he was going to fly. After enlisting at age 18, he was sent to 9thAF in France, Sept 1944. Flying P-38's for the 474thFG for about 6 weeks, he had a mid-air collision with another P-38 after downing a BF 109 during a very large...

  • Edward Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • William Pierson

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • John Potschner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

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Aircraft

  • 42-96143

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) R/R Oissel. Hit by flak prior to reaching the target. It was last seen going down with two engines smoking, but apparently under control near Aboucourt, France. 8-May-44 MACR 4429. ...

  • 43-34221 "Li'l Jan"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 598BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions flown. From A-72, Peronne airfield, Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Eller railroad bridge hit by fighters, rolled onto its back, split into two crashed near Auderath, Germany. 23-Dec-44....

  • 42-96181 "Draggin' Lady"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-96123 'Baby Butch'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 18:42:12 Alain Bodel Changes to name, known as and history
Sources

The 428th Fighter Squadron

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 18:36:02 Alain Bodel Changes to usaaf from date
Sources

Previously Luftwaffe JG26 Airfield

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2017 15:44:03 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, number, latitude and longitude
Sources

Place added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;
- http://www.ixengineercommand.com/airfields/physical.php

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