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553rd Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Great Dunmow

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People

  • Carmillo Barba

    Military | Master Sergeant | Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    12 June 1943 involved in an accident on landing at Prestwick, Scotland ferrying a/c B26 41-31581 piloted by R. G. Saltsman.

  • Robert Birmingham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 553BS, 386tBG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb a bridge near Ecouché 28-Jul-44. Collided with Fw190 fighter. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7016. Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Bowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    John Bowan was lost over the English Channel on 25 March 1944. His aircraft was lost 6 miles from the North Coast of France, all six members of the crew managed to escape the aircraft, but only the pilot and co-pilot were rescued three days later.

  • Paul Bragg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | OG | 386th Bomb Group
    B-26-15MA 41-31597 'Wolf' lost to FW 190s in Holland. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Frederick Briggs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 553BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb a bridge near Ecouché 28-Jul-44. Collided with Fw190 fighter. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7016. Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Jack Brusman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 386th Bomb Group

  • Jack Brusson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 386th Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943 'Two Way Ticket' crashed at Severalls Hall Farm when right engine failed at takeoff. Crew escaped with minor injuries. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Claude Cannaday

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 553BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb a bridge near Ecouché 28-Jul-44. Collided with Fw190 fighter. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7016. Awards: PH.

  • James Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943 'Two Way Ticket' crashed at Severalls Hall Farm when right engine failed at takeoff. Crew escaped with minor injuries. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Thomas Costello

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 386th Bomb Group
    A College Baseball player, Costello entered military service in April 1942 with the Army Air Force. Initially assigned as a physical education director at Tampa, Florida, Costello later joined the 553rd Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group (a Martin B...

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Aircraft

  • 41-31576 Dinah Might

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31775 The Minute Man

    B-26 Marauder
    Lost on 25 March 1944, 6 miles from the North Coast of France, all six members of the crew managed to escape the aircraft, but only the pilot and co-pilot were rescued three days later. ...

  • 41-31805 'Wood's Rocket Raiders'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to the 553rd Bombardment Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group, 9th AF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb a bridge near Ecouché 28-Jul-44. Collided with Fw190 fighter. 6 x KIA. MACR 7016.

  • 41-31889

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31606 Rat Poison

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-34949

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-15-MO 41-34949 [AN:H] was assigned to the 386BG/553BS at Boxted, UK. On 8-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by Lt. Robert Saltsman, made a wheels-up landing at Boxted upon return from a mission to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France....

  • 41-34888 Grim Reaper II

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-34888 Grim Reaper II

    B-26 Marauder
    Grim Reaper II crew at Great Dunmow

  • 41-31583 La Golondrina

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B assigned to 533rd Bomb Squadron at Great Dunmow

  • 41-31823 Miss Lightnin


    B26 assigned to the 553rd Bomb Squadron in Great Dunmow.

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:01:49 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
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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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