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B-26 Marauder

The Gremlin II took part in a D-Day Mission to Caen Road Junctions with crew Lt. John D. " JD" Helton - Pilot, Lt. Watson - Navigator and Lt. Walt Foster - Bombardier.
Footage and stills available on Critical Past shows the aircraft in Box I, Flight 1 approaching the French coast at about 4:15 p.m. on June 6, 1944.




  • Frank Burgmeier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Burgmeier grew up in Upstate New York. He married his wife, Tedi, in July 1943, just days before he left for his tour of duty as a navigator for the 323rd Bombardment Group. He kept a diary, which has been invaluable to historians studying the...

  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...

  • Theodore Harwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Ted joined the 323rd BG in Beaulieu, England on August 13, 1944 and flew his first mission on August 13/14, 1944 to Foret de House Bivouc and an Airdrome. It was a night mission, described by the combat crews as "creepy", "the worst". Of it, Ted said,...

  • John Helton

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    JD Helton was from the Waco, Texas area and served as a B-26 Marauder pilot during the Second World War. He was part of the original Myrtle Beach contingent that comprised the 456th BS. ...

  • Arthur Pakula

    Military | First Lieutenant | B26 Marauder pilot #1082 | 323rd Bomb Group
    My dad, 1st Lt. Arthur S. Pakula enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 9, 1941 at the age of 18 years. He served in the Pacific and European Theaters. Arthur received his silver wings and commission as a B-26 Marauder pilot in June 1944. He was...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Smith flew as Co-Pilot in "The Gremlin II" WT-B with Capt. JD Helton -Pilot (who had returned from leave), Lt. Frank Burgmeier - N, Lt. Walt Foster - B from Chartes on October 8, 1944 to the Eskirchen Supply Depot, Holland.


Date Contributor Update
09 January 2022 20:17:47 323rdBGHistorian Changes to markings

Per picture and 323rd BG records markings s/b WT-B not WT-A

Roy Bozych
Historian 323rd BG

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 09:23:27 Emily Changes to person associations

Transferred people records previously associated to UPL 41387

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2016 10:41:11 Lucy May Changes to description

Brought in information about footage in Critical Past archive, as shared by registered user Jan Foster.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 19:59:41 JMF Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 18:52:19 JMF Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and unit associations