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558th Bomb Squadron

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  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Chipping Ongar

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People

  • Robert Abell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR 471 but...

  • Richard Ainsworth

    Military | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Rich Ainsworth told me that he had graduated from all fighter pilot schools, number three in his class. One day soon after graduation the CO called a formation. The CO called out names starting with "A", Ainsworth was called and sent to fly B26s as a...

  • Ernest Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as pilot. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. PH

  • Julian Baggett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in action when his aircraft was shot down on 32nd mission.

  • Charles Becker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer, Gunner | 387th Bomb Group

  • Robert Becker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    POW

  • Frederick Busch

    Military | Lieutenant

  • Warren Butterfield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier Navigator
    WARREN H. BUTTERFIELD, 0-7627Q5, 1st Lieutenant, Air Corps, 387th Bombardment Group (M). For extraordinary achievement against the enemy on 19 November 1944. While serving as lead bombardier on a mission in conjunction with the ground forces, Lt...

  • Jack Caldwell

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    On 12 April 1944, while exiting the target (Dunkirk naval facilities), Colonel Caldwell's B-26C (tail number 2107581) took a direct flak hit in the left wing, inboard of the engine. The wing was blown off, and the ship spun into the harbor, killing...

  • John Coburn

    Military | Captain | 387th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-31653 King Bee

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M]was assigned to the 353BG/558BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 31-Aug-43 along with 35 others to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircaft...

  • 41-31664 Heavenly Body

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-34968 Lorelei

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31666 Wuneach Airplane

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31666 was assigned to the 387BG/558BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the Bomb Group was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield at Beauvaus/Tille, France. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and later on...

  • 42-107685

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 558BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Damaged by AAA and crew bailed out 22-Feb-45.

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:02:53 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
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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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