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41-31961

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 453BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. 3 x POW, 4 x KIA. MACR 5527.

Crew: Major Paul J Stach - Pilot, 2Lt Guido F Gileno - Bombardier
Capt Robert K Seagraves - Navigator, S/Sgt John D Westran - Engineer/gunner
T/Sgt Albert G Brenan - Radio/gunner, S/Sgt George W Fobes - Armourer/gunner
Sgt Richard E Findley - Photographer.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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,...

  • 453rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Albert Brenan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. 72 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France in B-26 41-31961, 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin...

  • Richard Findley

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. First to bale...

  • George Fobes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armourer/gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. Prisoner of War ...

  • Guido Gileno

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. Killed in Action...

  • Robert Seagraves

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. Killed in Action...

  • Paul Stach

    Military | Major | Bomber pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. 65 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen Road Junctions C-1 and C-2, France 6-Jun-44. Major Stach was in the aircraft leading Box III on the afternoon en route to the target, when it was hit by...

  • John Westran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 453BS 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. Prisoner of War ...

Places

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1943

Built at Martins.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 1943

Assigned to 453BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 14270 Mézidon-Canon, France 6 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Caen, France 6-Jun-44. hit by at least three flak hits in bomb bay and wing, moved out of formation allowing crew to bale out, went into spin and exploded on impact. 3 x POW, 4 x KIA. MACR 5527.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2017 17:26:28 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28618066
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31961&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2017 11:16:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28618066
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Stach%2C+Paul+...

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 18:04:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Stach%2C+Paul+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/28618066

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5527 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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