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42-107671

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. Shot down about 30 miles south of the target, 23-Dec-44. Hit in the bomb bay by flak and attacked by enemy A/C, last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine ablaze and crew baling out. 5 x KIA, 1 x POW. MACR 11661.

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...

  • 575th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Adair

    Military | Major | Bomb / Nav | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 8AF USAAF. Bomb/Nav of “Silver Dollar,” B-26C 42-107671, shot down about 30 miles south of their target, the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. 23-Dec-44. A/C last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine...

  • Stephen Biezis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Co-pilot of “Silver Dollar,” B-26C 42-107671, shot down about 30 miles south of their target, the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. 23-Dec-44. A/C last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine...

  • Milton Cowart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Milton E. Jones was born June 6, 1907. His next of kin were his wife, Fay Jones, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones. He was from Fort Worth, Texas. ...

  • James Gatlin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant James L. Gatlin was born August 9, 1919. His next of kin were his aunt, Jessie G. Faircloth, and a cousin, Ruth N. Taylor. He was from Jacksonville, Florida. ...

  • Joe Sanchez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Rear gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Rear gunner of “Silver Dollar,” B-26 42-107671, shot down about 30 miles south of their target, the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. 23-Dec-44. A/C last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine...

  • William Weissker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant William L. Weissker was born November 16, 1920. His next of kin were his wife, Essie Weissker, his mother, Mrs. Earl Weissker, and his sister, Heritta Spruill. His hometown was Grenada, Mississippi. ...

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 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Kirchweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. Shot down about 30 miles south of the target, 23-Dec-44. Hit in the bomb bay by flak and attacked by enemy A/C, last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine ablaze and crew baling out. 5 x KIA, 1 x POW. MACR 11661.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2016 12:22:14 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-107671
https://www.fold3.com/image/46705492

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11661 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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