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" 'Somewhere over France' this twin-engine B-26 Marauder medium bomber caught a direct hit from a Nazi flak battery and lost an entire engine. Despite nearly 2500 lbs. of lost weight the crippled bomber stayed aloft until all crew members had bailed. " - 41-35000 YU-R Swamp Chicken, 455th BS 323rd BG, Pilot Lt. Robert P Mims Jr., Shot down 3 miles north of Fervent, France on February 5, 1944, MACR 2056.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A17935-50149AC.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 455th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-35000 'Swamp Chicken'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 455BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to V-1 target near Desvres, France a direct flak hit near the port engine, caused its departure from the A/C and forced crew to bail-out. 1 x RTD, 4 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 2056.


Date Contributor Update
02 May 2017 08:22:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations