While serving as Aerial Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was engaged by flak and attacked by a German FW-190 fighter while on a mission to attack the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The attack set the right engine on fire. SSGT Sharpe was able to bail out of the stricken aircraft at minimal altitude and quickly captured as a Prisoner of War. He had landed in the middle of a Panzer Divisional field headquarters! He landed very hard with his parachute barely deploying. Surrounded by Germans, he remained on the ground until a local French boy offered him a chair to sit on. He was then taken to Frankfurt for initial interrogation. The aircraft crashed one mile northeast of Brionne near Rouen, France August 22, 1943. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943
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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...
B-26C-15-MA 41-34971 "Pay Off" was assigned to 386BG/554BS at Boxted, UK. The aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter as well as flak on 22-Aug-43 while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The fighter attack set the...
22 August 1943
36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. 35 are effective on the target. 1 B-26 Failed to Return - 2KIA 2POW 2EVD. The bomber gunners claim 3-0-0 of German fighters.
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...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||Krems an der Donau, Austria
||22 August 1943 – 11 March 1946
Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control 11-Mar-1946. Late RMC date indicates he was probably in hospital.