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554th Bomb Squadron



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  • 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...

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Based Great Dunmow



  • Hubert Altvater

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Hubert Altvater was a Co-Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the five...

  • James Ambrose

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    James C. Ambrose was Co-Pilot and was killed in an airplane crash two and one half miles West of Great Dunmow, Essex, England, while attempting to land on return from combat operational mission. ...

  • Robert Beyl

    Military | Sergeant

  • Robert Birch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer Gunner 612 | 386th Bomb Group

  • Clayton Burdick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Radio Operator/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. TSGT Burdick was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft and managed to evade capture...

  • William Callahan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving a Engineer/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attakce by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. SSGT Callahan baled ouot of the stricken aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. The aircraft...

  • Joel Carlson

    Military | Lieutenant

  • George Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer, tail gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    T/Sgt George LeRoy Carroll was born on 26 October 1923 in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Los Gatos, California. After graduating from Los Gatos High School in 1942, Carroll joined the Army Air Corps and from August 1944 was posted to the...

  • Louis Cubba

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 386th Bomb Group
    Louis Cubba served as a radio operator with the 386th Bomb Group. On 23 September 1944, he was Killed in Action. He is buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial.

  • John Dorton

    Military | Staff Sergeant

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  • 41-34947 'Idiots Delight' 'Lady Luck'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG named "Idiot's delight". Transferred at 554BS, 386BG, 9AF renamed "Lady Luck". Lost 10-Feb-44 when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR...

  • 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...

  • 42-30039 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-Q] in US; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14/8/43; transferred Aphrodite Project 803BS RCM Knettishall 1...

  • 42-96184

    B-26 Marauder
    42-96184 was on its second mission of the day on 6 August 1944. The target were fuel dumps near the Forêt d'Andainne, East of Domfront, Calvados, France. Hit by 88mm Flak shell above Le Havre, causing fire in the right engine. Three parachutes were...

  • 43-34422

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal mid air collision. 2Lt James A Shettles Killed in Action (KIA). 18-Mar-45.

  • 41-31658 Privy Donna

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-18284 Texas Tarantula

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31755 'Ye Olde Crocke'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Written off after crash-landing in France on 7-Oct-44.

  • 43-34190

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 43-34149 'Ginny'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF.

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:01:41 rossingtonj Changes to type

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)