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450th Bomb Squadron

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  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

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    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

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Stations

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Based Andrews Field

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People

  • Charles Abady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Nantes in B-26 41-31974. Hit by flak in target area, smoke seen trailing from starboard engine, control lost, A/C turned on its back, crashed Trois Moulins, 12km Sth of Nantes,...

  • Anthony Alaimo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Rescued by a...

  • Richard Bailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 65 combat missions including three on D-Day and the 23-Dec-44 relief of the Bulge. When wounded in head and both hands, requested medical officer didn't put him forward for Purple Heart as he considered he didn't...

  • Lawrence Barry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Later served as Operation Officer, 450th Bomb Squadron

  • Perry Black

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 322nd Bomb Group
    1st B-26thSq (450th) in England - Mar 43/ 2nd low-level B-26 Mission - 17 May 43 DFC, 12 Air Medals, ETO, 4 stars

  • Duane Borst

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Dates of Service 1943-1946. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: The assistant treasurer and manager of the Inland Steel Products Co.

  • Philip Brinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-26B 41-18058 [ER:S] 322BG/450BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was hit by flak on mission to Boulogne, France. Engine damaged by hit, aircraft flipped over and crashed into the English Channel. The 322nd was...

  • Joseph Brosic

    Military | Staff Sergeant | EG | 322nd Bomb Group
    21 Sept 1943 accident on landing in B26#41-31770. All returned.

  • Dale Brothers

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. A/C hit by flak, baled out, shortly after A/C exploded on impact, the pilot having been ejected, strapped in his armoured flight seat. Evaded (EVD). 8-Jul-44. MACR 6625. ...

  • Norris Calkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Killed in Action ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-31765 "Fightin' Cock"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. This aircraft was written-off after crash-landing on 12th August 1944. It had received flak damage while over Flers, France and had its electrical system, generators and hydraulic systems shot out. The crew nursed...

  • 41-31814 'Bag of Bolts'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. Hit by flak, pilot wounded in stomach and unconscious, crew baled out, shortly later A/C exploded on impact, pilot having been ejected, strapped in his armored flight seat. 2 x EVD, 3...

  • 41-31875 'Lady Liberty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Battle damaged on ramrod to Abbeville, crash landed at Eastbourne, half of crew had baled out due to the damaged state of his A/C. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland G Thornton. 3 x RTD, 3 x POW. 28-Feb-44....

  • 41-31888 'War Eagle'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne mission. Hit by flak below cockpit, fell out of formation into unrecoverable spin and exploded on impact with ground on highway adjacent to target at Zülpich, Germany. No chutes...

  • 41-31954

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Isigny, France hit by flak engine ablaze, salvoed bombs and bale out ordered, pilot did not escape 5 x POW, 1 x KIA. 9-May-44. MACR 4478.

  • 41-31974 "We Can't Miss Victory"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Nantes. Hit by flak in target area, smoke seen trailing from starboard engine, control lost, A/C turned on its back, 2 chutes observed before lost below overcast, crashed Trois...

  • 42-107745 Jay Hawk

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Butzbach, Germany. Hit by flak, both engines ablaze, attempted forced landing, whilst straightening out to alight wing dug in and A/C seen to explode. 22-Feb-45 8 x KIA. MACR 12680.

  • 42-95970

    B-26 Marauder
    Shot down over northern France near Talmas during the night of 7/8th July 1944. ...

  • 41-17934 Pappy's Pram

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31819 'Mild and Bitter'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. First B-26 in the European Theater of Operations to complete 100 operational missions. This was accomplished on an afternoon raid on a Nazi airfield at Evreux/Fauville, southwest of Rouen, France, 9-May-44. She had...

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2017 20:56:27 Marauder1954 Changes to insignia
Sources

450th Bomb Squadron Newsletter May 1983

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2017 20:37:16 Marauder1954 Changes to insignia
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45oth Bomb Squadron Newsletter

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:54:54 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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