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B-26B-16MA 41-31634 'Hell's Hurricane' crashed in Channel when right engine feathered. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943



  • Dick Tucker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    B-26B-16MA 41-31634 'Hell's Hurricane' crashed in Channel when right engine feathered. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943

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Units served with

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 555th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31634 'Hell's Hurricane'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 555BS, 381BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St Omer, France 8-Sep-43 last seen with engine feathered dropping out of formation escorted by several Spitfires. ...

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Born Kentucky, USA 18 May 1921
Lived in Corbin, KY, USA 1942
Enlisted Lexington, KY, USA 13 March 1942
Died 9 August 1943

At 1811 hours Lieutenant Tucker slid his plane, "HELL’S HURRICANE" 131634 YA-P out of its number seven position in the lead flight of the second box. Tail gunner Staff Sergeant Gordon Sampson was flying with Lieutenant Elling and crew in, "LORETTA YOUNG" 131634 YA-S, which was in number six position of the lead flight. He said that he heard flak explode and felt it hit his plane at the same time Lieutenant Tucker dropped out of formation. Flak was bursting in the center of the flight and struck four out of the seven planes. Lieutenant L.R. Crisman was the co-pilot on Lieutenant Klimovich Crew flying, "THE MAD RUSSIAN" 131600 YA-U, number three position of the low flight in the second box. He observed the Tucker aircraft just after seven to ten bursts came up. His plane fell off immediately, but seemed under control as a red flare was fired, then the bomb bay doors came open. The plane lost altitude gradually as four Spitfires followed it down. The pilot feathered his right engine seconds before the ship disappeared into the clouds below! Another witness stated one man had bailed out of the stricken bomber. It was believed the flak came from the vicinity of Andruico, France.

The Tucker Crew: First Lieutenants D.A. Tucker and P.E. Scharding, Second Lieutenant P.J. Kelly, Tech Sergeant J.P. Ryan, Staff Sergeants A.J. Cromwell, and B.T. Zukosky. The entire crew was listed as killed in action. Staff Sergeant Allen J. Crosswell’s body washed ashore on September 22, 1943 on the Dutch Coast near the village of Castrium, fifteen miles northwest of Amsterdam. After identification he was buried in the locale cemetery. After the war on August 15, 1946 he was reburied in the Margraten Cemetery. Information concerning the fate of Staff Sergeant Cromwell was furnished by Hans Nauta who lives in Holland.

Buried 1945

No Known Grave
Tablet of The Missing
Cambridge Memorial Cemetery

Memorialized Corbin, KY, USA 1946

Pine Hill Cemetery
Knox County
Kentucky, USA


Date Contributor Update
28 March 2016 00:42:21 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey, Combat Chronology Supplement, MACR 0164