William T Boren


On 21-Sep-43 while seving as Pilot of B-16B 41-31721, 387BG/559BS he was despatched from Chipping Ongar, UK along with 36 other B-26s to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained extensive damage from AA fire and he and the rest of the crew were forced to bale out of the stricken aircraft before is crashed two iles northwest of the target. MAJ Boren was able to evade capture (E&E Report 194) and returned to England on 6-Nov-43. One other airman also evaded capture and 5 were captured as Prisoners of War (POW) 2EVD 5POW MACR 614.


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Units served with

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


  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Cactus Jack
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron




Event Location Date Description


Evaded Capture (EVD)

Beauvais, France 21 September 1943 - 6 November 1943 Baled out of aircraft damaged by AA fire and managed to evade capture. He reutrned to England on 6-Nov-43. His evasion is recorded on Escape & Evasion Report 194 which may be views at media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EEE-194.pdf.



Date26 Jun 2015 20:14:56

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Correcting Mission connection per MACR 614.

Date26 Jun 2015 19:42:18

Lee Cunnigham 26-Jun-2015. Added NEW person entry, all data from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; MACR 614 and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report 194: media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EEE-194.pdf.