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B-26 Marauder

"On 18 November 1944 American 386 BG, flying two-engined Marauders and stationed at Beaumont-sur-Oise, had orders to attack a storage dump near St. Wendel. Difficulties began already when they had to deal with heavy flak fire while crossing the Moselle River. What’s more, snow and fog made it impossible to find the target. Therefore the formation headed for a secondary target at Aulenbach near Baumholder (barracks buildings), where again heavy flak fire was encountered. This time the Marauder “Son of Satan” of pilot Robert J. Owen jr. had a wing partly shot off so that the crew had to leave their ship instantaneously, which, however, only one man was able to do successfully. The plane spun down and exploded on impact between Mörschied and Kempfeld. Five of the six crewmembers perished".

Service

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 555th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Owen

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    "On 18 November 1944 American 386 BG, flying two-engined Marauders and stationed at Beaumont-sur-Oise, had orders to attack a storage dump near St. Wendel. Difficulties began already when they had to deal with heavy flak fire while crossing the Moselle...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) near Kempfeld, Germany 18 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2019 14:48:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Sammlung Jan Hey at http://www.flugzeugabstuerze-saarland.de/html/hochwald-nahe.html;

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 06:04:09 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

From photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 10466 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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