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Rudyard Lennox Courtenay

Military

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. 2nd crew member to bale out and died of his wounds. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Clyde Brown

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. 15 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664. Awards: PH.

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 574th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95865 'Skyhag'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 575BS, 931BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 574BS, 931BG, 9AF USAAF. Missions flown 107. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. Tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664. ...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Watertown, NY 13601, USA 13 November 1922

Son of Charles and Bessie M Courtenay.

Lived in New York, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted Plattsburgh Air Force Base, 426 Us Oval St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, USA 3 September 1942
Based Matching 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664.

Buried 1945
Buried Watertown, NY 13601, USA 1948

Brookside Cemetery
Watertown
New York
NY, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 02:50:57 rbrough Changes to surname, middlename and nickname
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Date Contributor Update
31 December 2016 15:01:14 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/321199087/?terms=Rudyard%20L%20Courtenay
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46705661
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm
https://www.fold3.com/page/83623901_rudyard_l%20courtenay/details/

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