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Curtis Lacy Christley

Military

Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Ferry crew B-26 41-31679 to ETO. Engineer in B-26 41-31679; A/C iced up over the Channel, causing loss of control. Baled out prior to bale out command. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12341

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Walter Ives

    Military | Major | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Landed at fighter base on 29 November 1943 in B-26 #41-31697 after plane iced up over the Channel. 2 of the crew bailed out. and were lost.

Units served with

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 556th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-31679 'Itsy Bitsy'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Loss of control due to icing on mission to Northern France 29-Nov-43; bale out order was anticipated by 2 x crew over channel, control was recovered by Lt Walter J Ives and A/C returned to base via RAF base on coast...

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Slippery Rock, PA 11 May 1914

Son of Minni Christley.

Based Chipping Ongar August 1943 – 29 November 43

Assigned to 556BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 10 miles off Cherbourg, France 29 November 1943

A/C iced up over the Channel, causing loss of control. Baled out prior to bale out command. 29-Nov-43 KIA MACR 12341

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Plot B Row 4 Grave 41

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2021 16:51:43 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30088237
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763757
https://www.fold3.com/page/653608057/operations-orders-no-91-17-june-1943
https://www.fold3.com/record/701792649/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529908338/curtis-l-christley-american-battl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56643227/curtis-l-christley

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / B-26 memorials guide / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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