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43-34423

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Landing accident mechanical failure at Gt Saling, repaired 9-Nov-44, pilot, John L Egan. Transferred to 450BS. Missions flown 5. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Euskirchen, Germany hit by fighters, port engine on fire, tail and rudder damaged, spun down in flames over the target. 6 x POW 23-Dec-44 MACR 11404.

Crew: 2Lt James F Eckrich [WI], 2Lt William W Kuchinskas [MA], 1Lt Theodore A Bunn [CA], T/Sgt Ralph M Wagner [PA], Sgt Alvin P Patterson [TX], Sgt Peter R Olson [IL].

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron
  • 452nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Eckrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Euskirchen, Germany hit by fighters, port engine on fire, tail and rudder damaged, spun down in flames over the target. Prisoner of War (POW) 23-Dec-44 MACR 11404. ...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Offutt AFB, NE, USA 1944

Built at Martins.

Delivered Nebraska, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 1944

Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Great Saling, Braintree CM7, UK 9 November 1944

Landing accident mechanical failure at Gt Saling, repaired 9-Nov-44, pilot, John L Egan.

Transferred Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 9 December 1944 – 23 December 1944

Transferred to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 53902 Bad Münstereifel, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Euskirchen, Germany hit by fighters, port engine on fire, tail and rudder damaged, spun down in flames over the target. 6 x POW 23-Dec-44 MACR 11404.

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