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42-95838

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. Fighter attack from rear destroyed tail turret, set right engine, right wing and bombay on fire, went down, exploding over edge of a small town. 23-Dec-44 1 x KIA, 5 x POW. MACR 11485.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Wilbur P Stephenson KIA, Co 2Lt John J Kollar, Bomb/Nav 2Lt Emil L Schwarz, Radio Sgt Neel L Struwe, Eng/Gunner Sgt Arthur C Walstrom, Arm/Gunner Sgt Louis J Verdeal.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 574th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wilbur Stevenson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 42-95838. Fighter attack from rear destroyed tail turret, set right engine, right wing and bombay on fire, went down, exploding over edge of a...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Places

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martin.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Matching, Harlow CM17, UK 1944

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. Fighter attack from rear destroyed tail turret, set right engine, right wing and bombay on fire went down, exploding over edge of a small town. 23-Dec-44 1 x KIA, 5 x POW. MACR 11485.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2017 12:20:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46701735/?terms=42-95838
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11485 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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