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Edward C Sharpe


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


Units served with

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 554th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-34971 Pay Off

    B-26 Marauder
    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...


  • VIII Air Support Command 30A

    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.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    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...


Event Location Date
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.


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 19:40:56 Edgy01 Changes to biography

As related to me by Ed Sharpe in a teleconference.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:03:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added SN and made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission per MACR 375; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Edited Summay biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:18 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey, Combat Chronology Supplement, MACR 0375