Marvin Wright Garber

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 31412 - Marvin W Garber

Shot down on his 10th mission by fighters on the return from a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow'. Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. MACR #2248. KIA.
NOTE: "Black Widow" #42-7542 was a stand-in for the damaged "Sad Sack" #41-29147, which had been commanded by Lt. Garber. "Sad Sack" crew was assigned to "Black Widow," a sister ship from 707 squadron. Sad Sack had been damaged when landing gear collapsed during a non-combat flight on 28 Jan 44, and was later declared beyond repair.
Comment in MACR 2248 about Lt Marvin Garber:
“Pilot was keeping Aircraft up for crew to bail out.”

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Units served with

A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20726744 originally, then O-731007
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32258282, O-752481
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14073575
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16050364 / O-684735
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32228136
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Sad Sack
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Black Widow
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Bungay (Flixton) airfield, looking south, the technical site- with T2 hangar- and control tower are to the right, where the main airfield gate is also situated, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/930. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Flixton

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Estherville, Iowa, USA 15 March 1921

Enlisted

Lafayette, IN, USA 8 April 1942

Died

France 4 February 1944

Buried

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 8 September 1949 PLOT Section 82, Site 111

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

France 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date26 Sep 2020 17:46:50
ContributorScotsman
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Correspondence with Ray Bowden of the USAAF Nose Art Research Project, and also from an account of the 4 Jan 44 mission in Jansen's History of the 446th Bomb Group.

Date30 Aug 2020 17:47:37
ContributorScotsman
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Noting that Sad Sack was damaged in landing on 29 Jan 44 which would have likely resulted in replacement by Black Widow for mission on 4 Feb 44.

Date30 Aug 2020 17:07:36
ContributorScotsman
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Acknowledgment that there is some uncertainty as to whether the actual aircraft show down was Sad Sack or Black Widow, The crew was photographed with the Sad Sack but ship misidentified on 446 BG webpage as Black Widow. MACR reports the aircraft under Lt Garber's command shot down was Black Widow and tail number correct. Most parsimonious explanation is that Sad Sack crew in entirety transferred to Black Widow which was a newer aircraft, prior to mission.

Date27 Aug 2020 16:44:00
ContributorScotsman
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Previously mentioned crew photograph where crew correctly identified. My uncle, Francis Stewart, was a member of Lt. Garber's Crew, but the aircraft was Sad Sack, not Black Widow.

Date27 Aug 2020 16:40:13
ContributorScotsman
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Photograph of aircraft clearly identifiable as Sad Sack, but mislabeled as Black Widow. I am convinced that Lt. Garber was pilot of the Sad Sack when shot down 4 Feb 44.

Date12 Jan 2020 18:25:44
Contributorjmoore43
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Added MACR 2248 information to the "Summary biography".

Date11 Jan 2020 21:28:21
Contributorjmoore43
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Added the MACR #2248 to the "Summary biography" per info on Fold3 website.

Date11 Jan 2020 18:10:05
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to an 8th AF mission.

Date11 Jan 2020 14:54:03
Contributorjmoore43
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Changed S/N to eliminate extra wording.

Date1 Sep 2019 20:49:30
Contributorjmoore43
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Added connections to all of Marvin Garber's crew.

Date1 Sep 2019 20:06:41
Contributorjmoore43
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Added burial plot info per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL #37332251.

Date1 Sep 2019 19:59:10
Contributorjmoore43
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Adedd officer S/N from recods for "WWII Army Casualties: Indiana" at the National Archives.

Date20 May 2019 19:39:41
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date23 Jan 2018 04:16:07
Contributorjmoore43
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Deleted duplicate "Enlisted" entry.

Date23 Jan 2018 04:12:42
Contributorjmoore43
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Associated Marvin's burial to the correct cemetery entry.

Date23 Jan 2018 04:09:52
Contributorjmoore43
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Accociated the location of the Air Base in Elngland with Marvin.

Date23 Jan 2018 04:05:39
Contributorjmoore43
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Associated my photo uploaded from Ancestry.com.

Date27 Sep 2016 23:08:50
Contributorjmoore43
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Mission data was found on fold3 website.

Date3 Feb 2016 18:01:58
Contributorjmoore43
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World War II Enlistment records

Date29 Jan 2016 04:26:40
Contributorjmoore43
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Find-A-Grave memorial # 37332251 and WW II Enlistment records.

Date29 Jan 2016 04:12:52
Contributorjmoore43
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Find-A-Grave memorial #37332251

Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:48
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2248 / MACR 2248, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; The History of the 446th Bomb Group, pg 50 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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