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559th Bomb Squadron

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  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

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    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

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Capt Don F. Scott Magee Commanding Officer of 559th BS Chipping Ongar 22 September 1943 – 1 October 1943

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People

  • Francis Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Tail Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire over the...

  • James Beaman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Engineer/Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire over the...

  • George Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B-26B 41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner. The crashed into a tree on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner survived with...

  • William Boren

    Military | Major | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while seving as Pilot of B-16B 41-31721, 387BG/559BS he was despatched from Chipping Ongar, UK along with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained extensive damage from...

  • Richard Byrem

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Richard Byrem was shot down in B-26 41-31698 on 2 March 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Acle Caywood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Seriously injured in B-26B 41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft struck a tree and crashed on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The bomb load exploded. By some miracle he was saved from the...

  • Calvin Chalker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM). B-26B 41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircrat crashed on instrument takeoff and struck a tree while departing on mission to Boulogne, rance. Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner...

  • Wayne Church

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. Baled out of spinning A/C Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11403. ...

  • John Connell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner in B-26B 41-31721 'Cactus Jack' 387BG/559BS his aircraft was despatched with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. The aircraft sustained major damage from AA fire...

  • John Connor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    21 Sept 1943 accident on runway at Chipping Ongar in B26#41-31723 'Flying Ginny'

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Aircraft

  • 41-31657 'Mississippi Mudcat'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 149 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne. Shot down by Me109's, pilot 2Lt Vernon O Staub hit in face by 20mm cannon shell and killed instantly, went down with A/C. Crew baled out. 6 x...

  • 41-31697 Duck Butt

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-20-MA 41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 it was being piloted by 1LT Elwood R. McClendon. 1LT McClendon attempted to take off with a full bomb load in dense fog on instruments. He veered...

  • 41-31698 Hot Garters

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26 41-31698 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on 2 March 1944. Pilot Oliver Jopling and tail gunner Richard Byrem survived. The four other crew members died: Arnold Warmuth, Irving Lerman, John Gober and James White; MACR 2525. ...

  • 41-31721 Cactus Jack

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-20-MA 41-31721 "Cactus Jack" was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and...

  • 42-107577 'Duffy' 'Hot Garters #2'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 95 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. 4 x crew baled out of spinning A/C 3 x POW, 1 x...

  • 42-107598 Miss Kam & Blond Rebel

    B-26 Marauder
    9th AF / 387th BG / 559 BS - (ALG Clastres / A-71) ...

  • 42-95869 'Front Burner II'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG,9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne. Just east of Bastogne set upon and shot down by Me109's, going down with both engines aflame 7 x KIA. MACR 11482. ...

  • 42-96092

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. 7 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 12607.

  • 41-31629 Janets Dream

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31629 was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 2-Sep-43 to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France but the target was obsucred by clouds so the formation diverted to attack the airfield...

  • 41-35264 Monkey Face

    B-26 Marauder

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2017 01:19:59 Brian Toon Changes to stations
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Brian Toon

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:02:46 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 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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