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B-26 Marauder

Two of my Uncles served in the US Army Air Force in WWII. Sgt Angelo M. Staffo served with the 9th AF, 386th BG, 554th BS, as a B-26 Tail gunner. He was a member of the crew of Lt. Donald B. Wren in the B-26 “CLOUD HOPPER II” aircraft number 4131763 that went down on a mission to bomb a highway bridge near Rouen, France on May 31, 1944, when it lost an engine propeller and cowling when struck by a 2000 pound bomb from an aircraft that strayed out of formation overhead. Sergeant Staffo parachuted to safety where he met and fought with local members of the French resistance while he evaded capture for the next three months until he was liberated by British and Scottish troops on 13 September 1944. The story of this last mission on May 31, 1944 for "CLOUD HOPPER 2nd" was printed in the Vol 19 No 3 October 1999, "The Crusaders Newsletter - 386th Bomb Group (M) Association, Inc.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Rouen 31 May 1944 – 31 May 1944

Two of my Uncles served in the US Army Air Force in WWII. Sgt Angelo M. Staffo served with the 9th AF, 386th BG, 554th BS, as a B-26 Tail gunner. He was a member of the crew of Lt. Donald B. Wren in the B-26 “CLOUD HOPPER II” aircraft number 4131763 that went down on a mission to bomb a highway bridge near Rouen, France on May 31, 1944, when it lost an engine propeller and cowling when struck by a 2000 pound bomb from an aircraft that strayed out of formation overhead. Sergeant Staffo parachuted to safety where he met and fought with local members of the French resistance while he evaded capture for the next three months until he was liberated by British and Scottish troops on 13 September 1944. The story of this last mission on May 31, 1944 for "CLOUD HOPPER 2nd" was printed in the Vol 19 No 3 October 1999, "The Crusaders Newsletter - 386th Bomb Group (M) Association, Inc.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2016 14:39:54 GaryStaffo Changes to description and events
Sources

Gary T. Staffo - I volunteer my serve to several WWII Veterans organizations, including the B-26 Washington Area Marauder Men (WAMM), and the 99th Bomb Group Historical Society (BGHS) where I serve as the 2nd Vice President. My Dad and several other Uncles also served in combat in WWII and I continue my family historical research documenting their service for publication.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:12:47 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://asisbiz.com/il2/B-26-Marauder/1941031763.html

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

MACR 5120 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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