Flew combat missions in the B-26 Marauder with the 455th BS, 323rd BG, then 344th BG, Ninth Air Force.
4th April 1945, B-26G 44-68099 coded YU-A 455th Bomb Squadron 323rd.Bomb Group.
Crew: Pilot Capt W H Thomas, copilot 2.Lt A R Aquaro; Bomb/Nav 1.Lt R A Muench; Radio/gunner T/Sgt B V Bodard; engineer/gunner T/Sgt E Gregorchick; tail/gunner Sgt A G Hebert.
Attacked by an Me262. On it's second pass the tail gunner saw the enemy aircraft at 1000 yards coming in at 6 o'clock level. The E/A began firing continuously from 600 yards,and the tail gunner fired two bursts at the E/A at the same range of 600 yards the E/A then disappearing above the B-26.The Marauder suffered category 'A' damage from 30mm cannon shells, but landed safely back at base, was repaired and flew its next mission on the 9th April 1945.
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,...