42-95870 Maxwell House - Good to the Last Drop

The nose art of a B-26 Marauder nicknamed "Maxwell House" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Maxwell House"- 496th Sqdn Commander JC Maxwell- actually taken in July 1944 at Stansted.

Object Number - FRE 7161 - The nose art of a B-26 Marauder nicknamed "Maxwell House" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption:...

42-95870 was the personal Marauder of Col. Jewell C. Maxwell. Lost on the 20 April 1944 mission to bomb the V-weapon site at Ferme-Notre-Dame, near Muncq, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Hit by Flak, the right motor in flames, its crew managed to drop its bomb load before bailing out. All seven were made Prisoners of War (POW): Pilot Jack. V. porter; Co-Pilot Harvey A. Johnson; Navigator Joseph A. Gould; Bombardier John Guiher Jr; Radio/Gunner Harold W. Thomas; Engineer/Gunner Clarence R. Bidlack; Tail Gunner Stuart D. Whitford. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4103.

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Units served with

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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 496th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Commanding Officer

Places

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-26 Marauder nicknamed "Maxwell House" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Maxwell House"- 496th Sqdn Commander JC Maxwell- actually taken in July 1944 at Stansted.
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Maxwell House - Good to the Last Drop
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 496th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Marck, France 1944-04-20 Hit by Flak in right motor; in flames; dropped bomb load; 7-man crew bailed out. Crashed Le Fort vert, 2km North of Marck (4km East of Calais), France

Revisions

Date1 Oct 2015 13:38:47
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Probable date error in the caption of photo at FRE 7161.

Date26 Jan 2015 06:52:33
ContributorTanks
Sources

AAM Photo

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:08
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 4103 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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