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555th Bomb Squadron

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  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Great Dunmow

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People

  • Paul Bartolain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 B-26C-16MO 41-34948 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Calvin Batchelder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/aerial gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 B-26C-16MO 41-34948 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • Alvin Bauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Flew 10 missions with 8th AF then 65 with the 9th. DFC/ AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC

  • Robert Becker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Robert Becker served as a waist gunner with the 555th Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group. On 13 December 1943, he was flying in B-26 41-31625 'Hell's Fury' when it was shot down near Schiphol, Holland. He is buried in a shared grave in Arlington...

  • Edward Blaisdell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • John Canty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 386th Bomb Group

  • Allen Crosswell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 386th Bomb Group
    B-26B-16MA 41-31634 'Hell's Hurricane' crashed in Channel when right engine feathered. All other crew members were Missing in Action (MIA), but Crosswell's body was found on a Dutch beach. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943

  • George Fitch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 386th Bomb Group
    Oct 2, 1943 'Miss Murial' had retracted gear at takeoff. Crew returned to action. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

  • William Flinn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 555BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #6. Failed to Return (FTR) mission in the area of Duren Barracks in Southwestern Germany in B-26 41-34946. The plane crashed into a vacant house 5 miles northwest of Compeigne, France. 5-Oct-44. Killed in...

  • Daniel Graff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 555BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #6. Failed to Return (FTR) mission in the area of Duren Barracks in Southwestern Germany in B-26 41-34946. The plane crashed into a vacant house 5 miles northwest of Compeigne, France. 5-Oct-44. Killed in...

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Aircraft

  • 41-31613 Son-of-Satan

    B-26 Marauder
    "On 18 November 1944 American 386 BG, flying two-engined Marauders and stationed at Beaumont-sur-Oise, had orders to attack a storage dump near St. Wendel. Difficulties began already when they had to deal with heavy flak fire while crossing the Moselle...

  • 41-31625 Hell's Fury

    B-26 Marauder
    Shot down 13 December 1943 near Schiphol, Holland. For an account of this mission see: http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/055.htm

  • 41-31634 'Hell's Hurricane'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 555BS, 381BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St Omer, France 8-Sep-43 last seen with engine feathered dropping out of formation escorted by several Spitfires. ...

  • 41-31644 Crescendo

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31794 Sparta

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31852 Man O War

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-31812 Mr Five by Five

    B-26 Marauder

  • 43-22509

    A-26 Invader

  • 41-35358 'Sexy Betsy'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 555BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 41-31624 'Loretta Young'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 555BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF.

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:01:36 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / 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)

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