Chipping Ongar

Airfield
The control tower of the 387th Bomb Group at Willingale Airfield.

Object Number - FRE 1306 - The control tower of the 387th Bomb Group at Willingale Airfield.

The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for the Ninth Air Force after October 1943. The Group supported the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and left Chipping Ongar in preparation for the move to France the following month.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 557th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11072026
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34148279
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33104592
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Janets Dream
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Lil Grim Reaper
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: King Bee
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Mississippi Mudcat
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Wuneach Airplane
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date17 Feb 2015 06:13:12
Contributordrh1957nb
Sources

Crew Photo

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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