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Eugene Wesley Maben Jr


Killed in Action (KIA) on18-Oct-43 in P-47D #42-22532 [YF:N], 355FG/359FS. Aircraft last seen spinning at 15,000 feet near Mons, Belgium. Cause not determined, possibly anoxia. Aircraft crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium. MACR 1050.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-22532

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D 42-22532 was assigned to 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Eugene W. Maben, Jr., was despatched with other 47s from the 355FG to provide escort to B-17s heading towards Duren, Germany. Weather prevented...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both the...

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born 27 January 1909

De Leon, Comanche County, Texas

Lived in 1942

Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas

Enlisted 23 March 1942

San Antonio, Texas

Killed In Action (KIA) 18 October 1943

Killed when his aircraft entered a spin and crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium. Cause not determined.


Eugene Maben rests at Plot A, Row 39, Grave 26.


Date Contributor Update
11 August 2021 19:20:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2018 15:12:20 ED-BB Changes to media associations

Associated media with airman

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2018 15:11:16 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and media associations

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
WWII Draft Cards
MACR 1050
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2015 12:16:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Merged with duplicate record to include details from:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
MACR 1050;
Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added SN and KIA event per MACR 1050; Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 20:14:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Flagged as DUPLICATE from original data ingest because last name was included with middle initial. COMBINED into a single entry as Eugene W. Maben, Jr.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:27 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1050 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database