41-31888 War Eagle

Nose art of a B-26 Marauder ('ER', serial number 41-31888) nicknamed "War Eagle" of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '322BG, 450BS, 41-31888.'

Object Number - FRE 9269 - Nose art of a B-26 Marauder ('ER', serial number 41-31888) nicknamed "War Eagle" of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on...

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne mission. Hit by flak below cockpit, fell out of formation into unrecoverable spin and exploded on impact with ground on highway adjacent to target at Zülpich, Germany. No chutes observed. 6 x KIA. 23-Feb-45. MACR 12642.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Jack G Cox, Co-pilot 2Lt Lyle A Taggart, Bomb 2Lt Edward Wallerstein, Radio T/Sgt Marion T Evans, Engineer S/Sgt John H Mackett, Tail S/Sgt Joseph M Mischik.

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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: 39681872 / O-759356
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bomber pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39410223
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36242794
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31332552
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19137580 / O-780093
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Zülpich, Germany 1945-02-23 Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne mission. Hit by flak below cockpit, fell out of formation into unrecoverable spin and exploded on impact with ground on highway adjacent to target at Zülpich, Germany. No chutes seen. 6 x KIA. MACR 12642.

Manufactured

Offutt AFB, NE, USA Built at Martins.

Delivered

Nebraska, USA Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned

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

Crashed

Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 1944-05-10 Belly landing combat damaged. Andrews Field. Returned to service.

Other

Combat damaged

Germany 1943-10-13 Combat damaged. Flak hits, including to starboard fuselage adjacent waist position. Returned to Base (RTB). Returned to service.

Revisions

Date21 Jan 2015 18:52:01
ContributorTanks
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 12642 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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