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386th Bomb Group

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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 coast of France in the winter of 1943-1944. In October 1944 the Group moved from Great Dunmow, England, to Beaumont-sur-Oise, north of Paris, and on to St. Trond, Belgium in support of the push eastward by ground forces.

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Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 10A & 10B

    30 July 1943
    This mission is comprised of two elements and was officially designated as missions 10A and 10B. The first element was 24 B-26s from 386BG to attack the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. 1 B-26 Failed to Return (FTR)-6KIA 1POW and another...

  • VIII Air Support Command 11C

    31 July 1943
    This is element 11C. 21 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the Abbeville/Drucat airfield in France. All 21 are effective on the target. Ther are no losses, claims or damage.

  • VIII Air Support Command 16A

    9 August 1943
    This mission of VIII Air Support Command was conducted with two elements and designated as mission 11A and 11B both of which had the German airfield of Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France as the target. The "A" element is a formation of 36 B-26s despatched...

  • VIII Air Support Command 19B

    15 August 1943
    The German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland is the target for 36 B-26s despatched from 386th Bomb Group. The formation turns back at the Dutch coast (no reason documented in Freeman). There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Air Support Command 23

    17 August 1943
    This mission was planned as a diversion in support of the in-bound Schweinfurt element B-17s. 36 B-26s from 386BG were despatched to attack the German airfield at Bryas (Sud), France, which they did at 1051hrs that morning. Roger A. Freeman's "The...

  • VIII Air Support Command 25B

    18 August 1943
    36 B-25s from 386BG are despatched to bombe the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. 32 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims, but 8 aircraft are damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

  • VIII Air Support Command 30A

    22 August 1943
    36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. 35 are effective on the target. 1 B-26 Failed to Return - 2KIA 2POW 2EVD. The bomber gunners claim 3-0-0 of German fighters.

  • VIII Air Support Command 31A/31B

    23 August 1943
    VIII ASC 31A 21 B-26s from 322BG are despatched to bomb the power station at Gosnay, France. Cloud cover completely obscured the target and the mission was recalled. No losses or claims. ...

  • VIII Air Support Command 36A

    27 August 1943
    36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Pois/Nord, France. 35 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Air Support Command 40

    31 August 1943
    76 B-26s from: 322BG (36) and 386BG (36) are despatched to bomb military installations at Hesdin, France. The mission is recalled when the target is foound to be obscured by clouds. There are no losses or claims.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Snetterton Heath 3 June 1943 – 10 June 1943
Based Boxted 10 June 1943 – 24 September 1943
Based Great Dunmow 24 September 1943 – 2 October 1944
Based Beaumont Sur Oise 2 October 1944 – 9 April 1945
Based Sint-Truiden 9 April 1945 – 3 May 1945

Connections

People

  • Hubert Altvater

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Hubert Altvater was a Co-Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the five...

  • 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.

  • Paul Bartolain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 B-26C-16MO 41-34948 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Calvin Batchelder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/aerial gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 B-26C-16MO 41-34948 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Alvin Bauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Flew 10 missions with 8th AF then 65 with the 9th. DFC/ AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC

  • Robert Becker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Robert Becker served as a waist gunner with the 555th Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group. On 13 December 1943, he was flying in B-26 41-31625 'Hell's Fury' when it was shot down near Schiphol, Holland. He is buried in a shared grave in Arlington...

  • Jean Blackwelder

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group

  • Edward Blaisdell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • John Bowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 386th Bomb Group

  • J Bowen

    Military | Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    On 8-Sep-43 in B-26C-15MA 41-34970 'Margie' [RG:L] 386BG/552BS while serving as Bombardier/Navigator the aircraft was ditched in sea of Goodwin Sands after sustaining damage from AA fire over the target of the German airfield at Lille/Vanderville,...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 11:01:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to stations
Sources

Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 22:38:25 Tanks Changes to type, aircraft types, commanding officers associations and mission associations
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AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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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