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41-31710

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Engers, Germany with Pete Gregorchuk crew; hit by flak, crew baled out, pilot force landed A/C. 5 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 12341

Approx 16:00 hours they were over the target and encountered heavy flak. The pilot called for the crew to bail out. In an eyewitness statement from the Missing Air Crew Report, Sgt. Howard L. Nelson stated that all three gunners bailed out the right waist window. The togglier left the ship by the bomb bay doors. The pilot and co-pilot remained with the aircraft and crash landed near Sayen, 9 kilometres north of Koblenz, Germany. All were captured by the Germans. Nelson says that he meet Sgt. William B. Harbour, the engineer/gunner and the others about five hours after the crash in a stone building on the east bank of the Rhine at Koblenz, Germany.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 557th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Dominic Di Blasio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Enger, Germany in 41-31710 B-26 'General Sherman' 14-Feb-45; downed by flak, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12341 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Peter Gregorchuk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Enger, Germany in 41-31710 B-26 'General Sherman' 14-Feb-45; downed by flak, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12341 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Philip Griffee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Edward Huber Crew. Radio operator on B-17's. Completed tour ETD ...

  • William Harbour

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Enger, Germany in 41-31710 B-26 'General Sherman' 14-Feb-45; downed by flak, Fractured ankle on landing. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12341 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Heline

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Enger, Germany in 41-31710 B-26 'General Sherman' 14-Feb-45; downed by flak, baled out successfully, presumed shot by Germans on the ground. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR...

  • Martin Keefe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Sherman crew. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Nelson

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Enger, Germany in 41-31710 B-26 'General Sherman' 14-Feb-45; downed by flak, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12341 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Chipping Ongar, UK 1944

Assigned to 557BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 9 miles Nth Koblenz, Germany 14 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Engers, Germany; hit by flak, crew baled out MACR 12341

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2021 08:00:40 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28682648
https://www.fold3.com/page/285608885/crash-of-b-26-marauder-41-31710-gen...

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 07:07:41 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031710.html

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

MACR 12341 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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