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456th Bomb Squadron

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Selected Bibliography of Publications:

Moench, John O. Marauder Men: An Account of the Martin B-26 Marauder: An Examination and History of the Martin B-26 Marauder and Those Who Built, Supported, and Flew It in World War II: USAF-USN-RAF-SAAF-FFAF: Includes an in Depth Account of the 323rd Bombardment Group (M) of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces in Europe. Longwood, FL: Malia Enterprises, 1999.

Harlan, Ross E. Strikes: 323rd Bomb Group in World War II. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Cavanal Publishers, 2005.

Pyle, Ernie. Brave Men. New York: H. Holt and, 1944.

Rehr, Louis S., and Carleton R. Rehr. Marauder: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.

70th Anniversary Tribute D-Day: 24 Hours That Saved the World. TIME, 2014.

Commanding officers
  • Robert Barker

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Born on October 9, 1919 in London, Ohio, Lt. Col. Barker was graduated from Ohio State University ("OSU"). He earned his "wings" at "The West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field, Texas.He was part of the original Myrtle Beach, SC group that comprised...

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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

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Connections

People

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Jack Arnold

    Military | Bombardier B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    See Brave Men, The Flying Wedge, by Ernie Pyle. See also, informaiton on William Collins.

  • Robert Barker

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Born on October 9, 1919 in London, Ohio, Lt. Col. Barker was graduated from Ohio State University ("OSU"). He earned his "wings" at "The West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field, Texas.He was part of the original Myrtle Beach, SC group that comprised...

  • Harland Bird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Wounded by shells on B-26 mission to Montdidier, France. Died on operating table shortly after return.

  • Henry Bull

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 323rd Bomb Group
    8 June 1943 a/c B26 41-34781 involved in runway accident at BW1.

  • Frank Burgmeier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Burgmeier grew up in Upstate New York. He married his wife, Tedi, in July 1943, just days before he left for his tour of duty as a navigator for the 323rd Bombardment Group. He kept a diary, which has been invaluable to historians studying the...

  • Noel Butler

    Military | 323rd Bomb Group

  • William Clingman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    8 June 1943 a/c B26 41-34781 involved in runway accident at BW1.

  • William Collins

    Military | B-26 Marauder Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Mentioning Chief Collins to any member of the 456th BS elicited an immediate smile and chuckles. "He was a character!" according to, it seems, everyone. Hands down, Chief Collins is one of the most endearing members of the 456th. He combined a sense...

  • Gene Compton

    Military | 323rd Bomb Group

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Citations

Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2016 22:08:54 JMF Changes to citations
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JMF

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14 May 2016 22:07:18 JMF Changes to citations and commanding officers associations
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07 May 2016 17:52:40 JMF Changes to nicknames, motto, insignia and aircraft types
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06 May 2016 21:53:07 JMF Changes to description
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26 March 2016 03:42:31 JMF Changes to citations
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13 March 2015 15:56:12 rossingtonj Changes to type
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27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / 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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