FRE 1303


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A bomber crew of the 387th Bomb Group return to base after a mission in their B-26 Marauder. A section of the image has been cut out from the Maruader's nose gun. A veteran has written in an enclosed letter to Freeman: 'From a mission return on D-day. We had dropped bombs on the Normandy strong points at 06:23 for beach landings at 06:29. You will recall the favourable weather such that at 5000' the Norden could not be used and we used the "Guide Wire" DFM, more often simply "Kentucky Windage". Our aircraft was the "Heavenly Body", a B26B16 with tail number 131664.'


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


A bomber crew of the 387th Bomb Group with their B-26 Marauder (KX-A, serial number 41-31664) nicknamed "Heavenly Body". Image via S. Rowe. Handwritten caption on reverse: '131664, KX-A "Heavenly Body", L-R Maj. Joseph H. Richardson, T/Sgt. Howard C. Miller, Sgt. Jack E. Hutchinson, S/Sgt. Harry R. Lambertson.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Heavenly Body
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron


Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47

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Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:27:10

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