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A-26 Invader



  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 416th Bomb Group
  • 553rd Bomb Squadron
  • 670th Bomb Squadron
  • A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron

    A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron

    Eighteen crews were selected from the instructor crews at Barksdale Army Airfield to conduct ETO combat trials of the A-26 Invader. The crews were attached to, but not assigned to the 553rd BS of the 386th BG. While the host units provided logistical...


  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Crashed 2 miles N of Duclair, France 15 October 1944

The second plane crashed near Rouen. The pilot was 2nd Lt Stanley H. Sheley. When he became lost from the formation, he decided to pick out an open field for a forced landing. The ceiling was from 100 to 300 feet at this time. He finally located a field and brought the plane in. The plane touched the ground safely when it hit a bump, causing the nosewheel to turn sideways. After skidding along in that position, the strut collapsed. The plane was badly damaged, but none of the crew at all was injured. The gunners were Sergeants D. V. Paladine and F. M. Thorp.


Date Contributor Update
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