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George A Boston

Military

Took part in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second World War. The footage was shot between October 1943 and October 1944.

20 March 1944 - Involved in a landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. The pilot landed out of a fast approach at least two-thirds of the way down the runway. His immediate use of brakes was attested to by the appearance of smoke for a short period after landing, but it disappeared until shortly before his attempted turn at the end of the runway where it appeared again. Inspection of the runway right after the accident showed that the right wheel skidded for about 100 yards. The ship was unable to make the turn and the left wheel, under the added download caused by the turn, sank deep into the soft earth allowing the left prop to hit the ground. The accident was due do at 100-percent to pilot error, about 80% judgement and 20% technique. It is recommended that if I stop appears impossible, the pilot role straight ahead on the soft Earth not using brakes off the runway.

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People

  • Harold Emminger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Navigator | 391st Bomb Group
    Took part in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second World War. The footage was shot between October...

  • Guy Grazier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Took part in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second World War. The footage was shot between October...

  • Donald Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Hudson was an amateur filmmaker who's father worked for Kodak Rochester and was able to provide him with colour film during his service. From October 1943 to October 1944, while serving as a co-pilot with the 391st Bomb Group, Hudson documented the...

  • Samuel Jacobi

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    24 December 1943 - Piloted B-26B 42-95932 which was used in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second...

  • John Surman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Took part in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second World War. The footage was shot between October...

  • Robert Young

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 391st Bomb Group
    Took part in an amateur film by Lieutenant Donald J. Hudson, US 9th Army Air Force pilot, which records activities of the USAAF 391st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Matching, England, during the Second World War. The footage was shot between October...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 575th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95932 Fifinella, Fifinella Dog

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. 109 x combat missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. Shot down by fighters, fell out of formation with right engine ablaze. 23-Dec-44 2 x POW, 4 x KIA. MACR 11551. ...

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...

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28 May 2021 10:09:55 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, person associations and aircraft associations
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IWM Collection https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/27160;
https://www.391bombgroup.org.uk/crew_list.php?sq=575&asn=17160225&indivi...

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