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453rd Bomb Squadron

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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,...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Earls Colne

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People

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Robert H. Adams flew many missions with the 323rd Bomb Group. Promoted to Captain he was Pilot of B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. ...

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain Warren Anderson was Bombardier on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926, Captain Anderson mentions he was immediately...

  • William Archer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Died of Injuries (DOI) B-26C 41-34709 323BG/453BS while serving as Engineer.Gunner. The crashed near Great Barton, Suffolk due to poor weather and engine failure at low altitude on 11 Sep 1943 while on return from mission to Deaumont-Le-Roger. Sergeant...

  • John Baird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on B-26 mission to the Horrem Road junction.

  • Louis Bamberger

    Military | Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Berry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). B-26C #41-34706 shot down by flak and crashed near Vraignes, FR. MACR 0213.

  • 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,...

  • John Biddle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captured and taken prisoner after plane crashed in English Channel near Dieppe, 20 May 1944.

  • Louis Bleaker

    Military | Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Joseph Bostick

    Military | First Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). FLEW A B-26 BOMBER, AND WAS SHOT DOWN OVER FRANKFURT AU MAIN IN BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

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Aircraft

  • 41-31896 'Circle Jerk' 'Louisiana Mud Hen'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 323BS, 453BG, 9AF USAAF. 121 x missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Germany 23-Dec-1944. Took a direct or near direct hit in port engine and started into a uncontrolled spin. Crew did not manage to bale out 6 x KIA....

  • 41-31961

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 453BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. 3 x POW, 4 x...

  • 42-107588

    B-26 Marauder
    42-107588 was the lead ship on the mission of the 453rd to bomb the wooden bridge over the Our River at Steinebrück, near Saint-Vith, Belgium on 14 January 1945. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926 -, Lt Mitchell E. Mussman, flying in number 3...

  • 42-107622

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-34709

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-5-MA 41-34709 [VT:K] was assigned to the 323BG/453BS at Earls Colne, UK. On 11-Sep-43 while being piloted by 1LT Arnold Stern, the aircraft sustained an engine failure at low altitude over England while on return from a mission to Beaumont/Le...

  • P9356

    Lysander
    Westland Lysander Mk III V9356, assigned to 453rd Bomb Sqn, 323rd Bomb Grp 8AF USAAF.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2016 08:29:05 323rdBGHistorian Changes to insignia
Sources

Archives of the 323rd BG – Roy R. Bozych 323rd BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:56:29 rossingtonj Changes to type
Sources

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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