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B-26 Marauder

B-26 Marauder serial number 42-95987 crashed on 24 April 1945, flying a mission from Dijon, France, where it was based with the 17th Bomb Group, to Schwabmunchen, Germany.

The six men in its crew were all killed:
Pilot: First Lieutenant Leigh Slates
Co-pilot: Flight Officer Howard E Menzer
Bombardier: Staff Sergeant Floyd G Phelps
Engineer Gunner: Staff Sergeant John J Ganhs
Radio Gunner: Staff Sergeant Robert W Tillman
Armorer Gunner: Staff Sergeant Lloyd S Gauthier




  • Leigh Slates

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 17th Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Leigh Slates was born December 24, 1919. His next of kin were his wife, Glennadine Slates, and his parents, Leigh and Almira Slates. He was from Palmyra, Missouri. ...

  • A J Wood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 344th Bomb Group
    AJ Wood served as a pilot with the 344th Bomb Group. ...


  • Stansted Mountfitchet

    Military site : airfield
    Today, Stansted is one of the busiest airports in Britain. During the Second World War, instead of airliners delivering passengers, Stansted Moutfitchet’s aircrews in their B-26 Marauders attacked Nazi targets, paving the way for D-Day and the...


Event Location Date
Assigned 21000 Dijon, France 14 September 1944

With the 17th Bomb Group.

Exact date not yet known

Crashed Schwabmünchen, Germany 24 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 11:58:17 Lucy May Changes to description, events and unit associations

MACR 14165

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 21:28:53 Tanks Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and media associations

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