41-31875 Lady Liberty

The wreck of a B-26 Marauder (ER-P, serial number 41-31875) of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group, 6 March 1944. Official caption on image: "(GAD-115-1-475vG)(6-Mar-44)(A/C 41-31875 - B26 - 450BS/322BG - Battle Damage/Crash Landing)." Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Howard Posson. ER-P. Smile Again Operator.'

Object Number - FRE 4530 - The wreck of a B-26 Marauder (ER-P, serial number 41-31875) of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group, 6 March 1944. Official caption on image:...

The B-26B Martin Marauder bomber, 41-31875, named, Lady Liberty, was assigned to the 450th BS, the 322ndBG, and the 9th AF. It flew on 25 combat missions. Pilot 1st Lt. Rowland G. Thornton. It was battle damaged on a ramrod to Abbeville. It crash landed at Eastbourne. Half of it's crew had bailed out due to aircraft damage. 3 RTD, 3 POW. 28 Feb 44. MACR 15197. Aircraft salvaged. RTS.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32228766
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16038157
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17047999 / O-731760
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15984671
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35210698 / O-671058
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot

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Combat damaged

80100 Abbeville, France 1944-02-28 Battle damaged on ramrod to Abbeville, crash landed at Eastbourne, half of crew had baled out due to the damaged state of his A/C. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland G Thornton. 3 x RTD, 3 x POW. 28-Feb-44. MACR 15197.

Crashed

Eastbourne, UK 1944-02-28 Battle damaged on ramrod to Abbeville, crash landed at Eastbourne, half of crew had baled out due to the damaged state of his A/C. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland G Thornton. 3 x RTD, 3 x POW. 28-Feb-44. MACR 15197.

Manufactured

Offutt AFB, NE, USA Built at Martins.

Delivered

Nebraska, USA Delivered to USAAF.

Other

Assigned

Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 1944-02-28 Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Other

Salvaged

Eastbourne, UK 1944-02-29 Salvaged.

Revisions

Date9 Sep 2021 18:59:09
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Spelling, spacing, punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date21 Jan 2015 18:49:39
ContributorTanks
Date21 Jan 2015 18:46:23
ContributorTanks
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 15197 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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