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The 344th Bombardment Group was made up of four bomb squadrons;

.494th, 495th, 496th, 497th

The following is a list of planes thanks to Mark Styling it was cross checked with a list derived from an original list created by Carl M Christ for the 344th BG association,  from the University of Akron B-26 archives courtesy of Paul Clouting. Please e-mail any discrepancies or editions. Damonbok@hotmail.com

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494th Bombardment Squadron

494th emblem

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squadron Markings:
K9 Fuselage Codes

*43-34180  Snooky  K9-A

*42-95890  Mary Sue III K9-A  picture 2 with Col. Vance Picture 3 with Vance

*43-34419  K9-B  2nd Lt. D J Korkowski

*43-34384  Lady Eve or Little Eve K9-B   *picture 2 in snow *picture 3  *illustration

*42-95921  Old Relic  K9-C  2nd Lt. Hugh Levant Yeager (killed) possible picture MACR 12221

*44-67927  K9-C possible picture

*43-34406  K9-D  1st Lt. Jack Bingham Comstock (killed)  MACR 9733
*43-34381 or 43-34351  Willie the Wolf K9-D  Vincent R De Courcy , Lt. B D Stephens *pic 2  *pic 3  *pic 4  *pic 5  *pic 6 *pic 7

*42-95981 K9-F 42-95981 1st Lt. John K Eckert (killed) excavated 1975

*43-34463  Dotty M  K5-F

*43-34347 K9-F  2nd Lt. Clarence L Martin

*42-107611 Chicago Cyclone III K9-F  Lt. John D Ashford William E. Hartnett (D-Day)

*43-34218  K9-G
*42-95964 K9-G 2/Lt. Robert V Coulter  MACR 7478
*42-95916 “Piccadilly Willy” K9-H Lt W. R.Kolberg pic 2 *pic 3 Bob Ackerman in Piccadilly Willy   pic 5
*42-107573  pic 2  Tom’s Tantalizer II 61 missions as K9-B 36 missions as K9-H 1st Lt. Thomas F Johnson also Lt. Korkowski

*42-95977 Tom’s Tantalizer Unit Code?  1st Lt. Thomas F Johnson   picture 2

*42-107621 Ecstacy III  K9-J

*42-95925  K9-J Capt. Jack W Miller (killed)

*44-68143  K9-J

*43-34367  K9-K  Lt. Conrad C Oberg (bailed out) Crashed following a mid air collision with 44-67805 over France

*42-95892 The Mocus  K9-K picture 2

*42-95907 The Freddie  Dees  K9-L / K9-G Article on namesake
*43-34150 Gravel Gerty K9-M / 7I-Y   2nd Lt. Eulan W Covey   *picture 2

*42-95961 K9-M 2nd Lt. Herman Lory Burdette
*42-107679  Hells Kitchen K9-M 1/Lt. Carson W Carrington  MACR 9735
*42-95941 The Hearse III K9-N 1st Lt. W M Young, 2nd Lt. J A Cahill
*42-95897 My Colleen K9-O Capt. Richard J Hynes,  Lt. J Cather

*43-34369 Flak Hak III K9-O

*43-34293  K9-O  Force landed at an advanced landing strip near Antwerp, Belgium
*42-95894 Georgia’s on My Mind K9-P   Capt. James P Deford, Jnr  *picture 2  *picture 3  *picture 4 (Sgt. Sugarmans’s Jacket RO/SG) S/Sgt. Tom Bond
*42-95912 You Cawn’t Miss It K9-Q Capt. J R Ashberry, 2nd Lt. E W Covey
*42-107575 Solly Mill K9-R

*44-68115  The Freddie Dees ? K9-R
*44-67913 Kathy Jean II  K9-S Carl M. Hagle, 2nd Lt. Donald J Korkowski

*42-95874 Susanne K9-S  Capt. Curtis A Seebaldt (escaped unhurt)

*44-67821  K9-S  2nd Lt. Donald J Korkowski

*42-96214 Coral Princess K9-T Capt. Webster Stokes Allyn (killed)  MACR 13038

*42-95814 Susanne K9-T  1st Lt. John V Pikula  MACR 15760

*43-34343 Charlotte De Harlot  K9-T  2nd Lt. Kenneth L Baker , Frederick J Foster

* 44-68133  Pied Piper  K9-T transferred to 344th after war.
*41-35755  K9-U  Lt. Frank Williams

*42-107677 K9-V  *picture 2 Lt. W M Bailey

*43-34225 Wes Anne K9-V or 71-V?

*43-34399 K9-W

*42-107838 The Hearse K9-W
*42-107542 Mary Ann K9-X Lt B.W. Seth, 1st Lt. E M Cain *pic 2

*43-34299  K9-Y 2nd Lt. Melvin D Clack (killed)
*43-34340 Shanghai Lil  K9-Y  Lt. William D Bond
*42-96048  K9-Y  1st Lt. Clyde T Whitehead (killed)

Unknown Codes
The Passion Pit
Vagrbomber

Here Comes Johnny Now

 

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495th Bombardment Squadron

495th emblem

Squadron Markings:
Y5 Fuselage Codes

*42-95908  Invictus / Empire State Express Y5-A / Y5-C   Capt. Lucius D Clay, Capt. Howard L Burris, Gregg P Nolen, Jr  pic2

*44-67805 Y5-A  Lt. Edward M Cain (bailed out)

*43-34330 I’ll Get By  K9-F  Y5-A pic2 .

*42-95918 Nick’s Chick II  Y5-B  1st Lt. David C Nichols, 1st Lt. Herbert Holbrook Moore, Jnr (bailed out and survived with a broken leg) MACR 9219

*42-95898  Merry Jerry  Y5-C  Capt. Edward P Foote , Lt. N W Nelson F.P.   Carrozza radio/gunner for 2nd D-Day mission.

*42-95924 Rum Buggy Y5-D 2nd Lt. Al Frieburger   *picture 2     picture 3

*43-34461 Jomar Y5-D   *pic 2
*42-107666 Barracuda Y5-F Lt. Arthur Brewer *picture *illustration

*43-34182  Y5-F Capt. L P Dixon
*42-95910 Wizard Of Koz Y5-F   Capt. Henry Premyslaus Kozlowski (killed) MACR 4093 memorial

*44-68098  Wheels Inc. Y5-G

*43-34402  Georgia Cracker   Y5-G Capt. E P Foote, Jerald M Davies
*42-95909 Deke’s Defiant / The Buzzard Y5-G 1st Lt. Donald E Deffke   must fix photo caption! *pic 2
*42-95913 Y5-H 1st Lt. Charles A Holt, 1st Lt. Sidney W. Peterson (killed by flak)  MACR 5144
*42-107686 Y5-H 1/Lt. Raymond H Phillips  MACR 7848

*43-34300  Y5-H

*42-96294  Y5-H  Lt. H H Moore, Jr

*42-95917 Shopworn Angel Y5-J  1st Lt. Henry C Woodrum, Capt. Lucius D Clay, 1st Lt. N W Nelson, Capt. Thomas Gough Brennan, Jr (bailed out, POW) *picture 2   *picture 3   *pic4   *pic 5 Armorer Bill Kopp MACR 12344

*42-95911  Mary Mae  Y5-K  Capt. W D Brady, Lt. G E Minihan

*43-34329  Y5-K

*42-95919 Sexy Sal  Y5-L  1st Lt. Howard M Fender  *Article    CoPilot. Aiken
*42-95973 Six Hits and a Miss Y5-M   1st Lt. Frank William Bauers, Jr, 2nd Lt. J C Hall   *pic 2 pic4

*43-34395 Y5-M  1st Harrell L Foxx (killed)

43-34315 Y5-M OVERALL GREEN
*42-95922 Y5-N  Capt. Jens A Norgaard, 1st Lt. Ralph E Finch (POW)  MACR 4515

*42-107691  Y5-N 2nd Lt. Jack Christian Shewell  MACR 5141

*43-34131  Y5-N  1st Lt. C F Converse, 1st Lt. Helms R Huey

*42-107694 Wild Willie Y5-N

*42-95968  Jay Hawk  Y5-O / 7I-T  Capt. Vaner A Smith, Jack Havener

*42-95971 Mary Mae II  K9-D / Y5-O  1st Lt. Elgin R Bowers, Capt. W D Brady
*43-34181 Lak-a-Nookie Y5-O  1st Lt. Jack L Lyons, 2nd Lt. James L Stalter, Robert E Nogle  *pic 2  *pic 3  *Book Cover    *pic5
*42-95967 Rosie O’Brady Y5-P   1st Lt. William D Brady, 1st Lt. R T Brubaker  *picture 2   *pic 3  *pic 4  *pic 5  *Book Cover
*42-95875  Bunny’s Honey Y5-Q / 7I-D  Capt. Emanuel Schifani Picture 2  Picture 3

*42-95858 Winnie Dee 495th BS Y5-R shot down by AAA over France 28/5/44. MACR 5139

*42-107698  Ma’s Blasted Event Y5-R 1st Lt. J D McDonald, 1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory (killed) MACR 12612 pic2
*42-95858 Y5-R Capt. J W Seale (killed) MACR 5139
*42-95876 Mary Jo Y5-S  Major Jens A Norgaard  *picture 2
*42-107608 Y5-T 2/Lt. Jack C Shewell, Lt. Henry Clay Woodrum MACR 5142

*42-107538 Y5-T  Lt. J D Donald

*42-107625  Esquire Y5-T

*43-34304 Georgia Cracker II Y5-T  *picture 2
*42-107669 Feudin Wagin Y5-U and K9-K   *picture 2 *pic 3  pic4

*42-107742 Rum Buggy II Y5-V  Lt. Al Frieburger, Capt. J W Cotton, 1st Lt. R Fitzsimmonds

*43-34368  Y5-V

*42-107855 Y5-W 1/LT. William H Geary
*43-34424 y5-w Wild Willie Y5-W 1st Lt. R J Shepherd, Jerald M Davies (killed) pic 2 pic 3 (crew) pic 4

*42-107814 Bunny’s Honey II  Y5-X  Lt. W A Brady

*42-96265 Y5-Y under Captain Lyon and F.P. Carrozza flew D-Day

*43-34426 Y5-Y 2nd Lt. J W Cotton , 1st Lt. Lamar Fleming III (killed in the crash) , 1st Lt. Norman D Carlson (killed)  15902 + full accident report

*42-107607 Sexy Sal II  Y5-Z  10/2/45. MACR 12196 1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory

*44-68078 Y5-Z

Unknown Codes
SEXY SAL III

My Gal Sal!
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496th Bombardment Squadron

Squadron Markings:
N3 Fuselage Codes

*42-95861 N3-A Joseph C Johnson (ATC Ferry), R E Finn, 2nd Lt. Arthur M Williamson (killed)

*44-67895  N3-A

*42-96303 Cleveland Caliope  N3-A  Lt. J H Robinson  Ditched in the English Channel
* 42-95870 Maxwell House/Good to the Last Drop N3-A    Major Jewell C Maxwell, 2nd Lt. Jack Victor Porter (POW)  *illustration  picture 2  MACR 4103
*42-95901 N3-B  2nd Lt. Glenn Gray Farmer (POW)  MACR 4073

*42-96094 Battle Baby  N3-B  1st Lt. Lewis Ezell Lanford (killed)  MACR 12952

*42-96189 Maxwell House II N3-B Lt. Col. Jewell C Maxwell, Lt. Jack Caldwell, Lt. Bennie D McSwain, Jr
*42-107583 N3-C Sleepy Time Gal  Lt. William H “Bill” Geary

*42-107853 N3-C Lt. Bennie D McSwain Jr

*42-95926 Canteen Eileen N3-C  1st Lt. Joseph Savko (killed) MACR 4144

*43-34432 N3-D  D J Iddins, Lt. John J Moran

*42-95953  N3-D  Lt. Joseph S Danner (killed)

*44-67985  N3-D

*44-68101  N3-F  2nd Lt. Charles Henry Ware (killed)  MACR 13337
*42-107662 N3-F Lil-Li-Mar-lene Capt. E Z Shimmin, Frank William Bauers, Jr, Robert Witty  picture 2

*43-34316  N3-F  Cleveland Caliope III  Richard W Maffry

*42-107676 N3-G  Lt. Benedict

*43-34332  N3-G 1st Lt. Gordon Kenneth Holm (killed) MIA after being hit by AAA 14/2/45. MACR 12386

*41-31617  Winnie N3-H

*42-95871 N3-H  Pointebraind , Keith M Caldwell

*42-96126  N3-H
*42-95893 Piccadilly Commando / Facsimile   N3-J  Capt. Harvey Johnson, 1st Lt. Alton Benjamin Rubin (killed) MACR 4145

*42-107696 N3-J J S Glinser

*42-95936 Wray & Son / The Fourth Term N3-K

*44-67981  N3-L

*42-95940  N3-L  Emiel J Larsen

*42-95980 Lucky Lady  N3-M  1st Lt. Keith Caldwell (bailed out)

*42-107574 Sweety Baby N3-N  2nd Lt. Herman Lory Burdette (killed) *pic 2

*43-34352  N3-N

*42-107619  Ill Wind II / Evasive Jenny  N3-N  1st Lt. John Bernard Hegg, Jr  MACR 9734

*42-95895 N3-O 2nd Lt. Phillip Jerome Laux (bailed out and evaded capture) MACR 5143

*42-96290 My Princess Pat  N3-O
*42-95899 Maffry’s Mottled Marauder N3-P Capt. J C Maffry, Lt. Joseph W Morosi   *pict 2

*44-68126  N3-P

*42-95923 Ill Wind  N3-Q 1st Lt. John B Hegg, Capt. W S McKee (ecscaped unhurt)

*43-34179 N3-Q  Lt. A R Nolte

*44-68108  N3-R

*42-95974 N3-S R J Gargle, 2nd Lt. Walter H Hedstrom (killed)
*42-95982 Puddin’ Head N3-U Capt. J T Garland, Thomas E Morgan, Jr., Lt. G D Smith (bailed out) AAA 24/3/45

*42-95965  N3-V

*42-95966 N3-W

*42-107589 N3-X

*43-34443  N3-Y  G R Young, James V Bryant

*43-34333 N3-Z  Capt C E Hardy

Unknown Codes:
Dream Girl
Penny
Queen of Hearts  pic 2
The Happy Warrior

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497th Bombardment Squadron

497 emblem

 

 

 

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Squadron Markings:
7I Fuselage Codes

*42-95952 Juanita / You’ve ‘Ad It     7I-A *picture 2  *pic 3 (was this one of the halves of 42-95938?) Lt. William E Harrison, T R Pearcy
*42-95856 Fertile Mertile 7I-A  1st Lt. Fredrick Mackay Morrison (killed by flak) MACR 4511

*42-107663 Lil Audrey  7I-A  Lt. J C Catlin, Lt. E H Hughes, Jr picture

*44-68097  7I-B

*43-34565 (497th BS) 7I-B “Gratis Gladys”  Capt. Carl Franklin Chapman (killed)  MACR 12649

also known as K9-G of the 494th BS  picture 2

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*42-95864 Valkyrie 7I-B Lt Witherbee   C F Chapman, 1st Lt. Robert C Barnard (killed) MACR 4103 *pic 2 *pic 3 *pic 4 *pic5

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*42-95896 Johnny Come Lately  7I-C   1st Lt, later, Capt. John J Nemeth, A Eberhardt, John Zubeck   *picture 2  pic 3

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*42-95900 Lafayette/We Are Here! II   7I-D  1st Lt. Robert Clyde Meppen (bailed out, POW) MACR 12385

*42-95903 Hard To Get 7I-F Lt. Col. Jack D Bentley, Lt. J Kenyon , Robert L Butler  *picture 2 *pic 3  *pic 4 *pic 5   *pic 6    *pic crew

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*42-95920 Smilin’ Joy 7I-G 1st Lt. Sterling J Robertson, 1st Lt. James Foster Reynolds (killed) MACR 5140

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*42-96299 Smilin’ Joy II  7I-G  1st Lt. Sterling J Robertson

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*42-95902 The Bad Penny 7I-G 1st Lt. James F Reynolds,2nd Lt. James Burton McKamey (killed)  *picture 2 jacket  *Illustration MACR 5656

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*44-67823  See See Senior  7I-G  2nd Lt. Robert R Chalot, Jr (killed)

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*42-95906 Terre Haute Tornado 71-H 1st Lt. R E Wilson, Jack Havener, 1st Lt. M C Stahleut *picture 2  *picture 3 *picture Havener picture 4  picture 5  picture 6

*42-95914 Shirley Ann 7I-J   R W Schwaegerl , 1st Lt. William Riley Jones (killed) MACR 12352 *video remains S/Sgt. Peter N Dudley (TG) found and exhumed!  S/Sgt Dudley and the downing of 7I-J
*43-34407 7I-K  2nd Lt. Henry J Kelly, Capt. Jack C Crumal, Lt. Jimmy H Kenyon

*42-95915 Marie II  7I-K  Lt. Jack Sheehan picture 2
*42-95920 Smilin’ Joy  7I-L  1st Lt. Sterling J Robertson , 1st Lt. James Foster Reynolds (killed), Edward Horn, MIA 05/28/44 MACR 5140

*43-34400    100 PROOF  / The Dixie Flyer 7I-L   K9-A  Lt. Curley ,Capt. John Catlin

*44-67828  7I-L

*42-95928 Frenchy Gal 7I-M  1st Lt. Ralph Nicholas Leone (POW) MACR 4094

*42-95862 Reassignment / Jeanne 7I-M 1st Lt. Ancil Ross Williams (killed) MACR 12305

*42-95963  Kokomo Kid  7I-N

*42-96128 Heaven Can Wait (dispute name of plane)  7I-N  Donald D Love

*42-95972 Little Butch  7I-O  Capt. H Z Rondeau

*43-34610  7I-O

*42-95976 Moe’s Mauler  7I-P  Lt. Melvin O Stahlhut, Lt. John S Donn8pic 4elly

* 43-34568 K9-Q
*42-95978 Sad Sack 7I-Q  Arthur A Pekkala *picture 2  *pic 3 in snow *pic 4
*42-95986 Let-hal Lady 7I-R  Lt. Joe W Scott, 2nd Lt. J B Donnelly  *pic 2   *pic 3 *pic 4
*42-95987 Yo-Yo Champ 7I-S  Lt. A J Wood, Lt. A Eberhardt  *picture 2 *pic3

*44-67871  7I-S

*42-96311 71-P  *picture 2
*42-107675 Plastered Bastard / Sitting Pretty 71-T  a *pic 2  Lt. D R Billing, Lt. Robert Harwell

42-95965 ?  7I-T ‘Mr Jayhawk’ Harwell Bentley   fix picture caption? Picture 2

*42-107721  7I-U  Capt. Carl Beyer

*44-68091  7I-U

*43-34196  7I-U 1st Lt. John Paul Nelson (killed when his parachute failed to open) Feb 14, 1945 MACR 12387

*43-34295  Heaven Can Wait ?  7I-W  *picture 2 (dispute name of plane)

*43-34437 7I-Y  John B Riley, Jr

*42-95938 You’ve ‘Ad It   71-X  C J Hardesty, Capt. H Z Rondeau

*43-34414  7I-Z

Unknown Codes

71-P    *picture 2

Dragonnas

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Squadron Unknown

MISS PILL
SORRY GAL
Jabo Sky King the 2nd EX 319TH

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Known Losses Continued

42-95953 (N3 ?) crashed after takeoff with port engine on fire. 30/08/44. Crosscountry hop, Stansted to Shipdham. Pilot Danner, Co-pilot Williams and Navigator Juliani all killed. Flight Engineer survived. So did my family, we were in the house they demolished. Tony Roff.   42-95856 (497th BS) shot down by AAA over Belgium 10/5/44. MACR 4511

42-95862 (497th BS) shot down by AAA over Germany 13/2/45. MACR 12305
42-95870 (496th BS) shot down by AAA 20/4/44. MACR 4103
42-95893 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over Dunkirk 27/4/44. MACR 4145
42-95895 (496th BS) shot down by AAA over France 28/5/44. MACR 5153
42-95900 (497th BS) shot down by AAA over Germany 14/2/45. MACR 12385
42-95901 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over France 21/3/44. MACR 4073
42-95902 (497th BS) 7I-G The Bad Penny shot down by AAA 6/6/44. MACR 5656
42-95913 (495th BS) shot down by AAA 28/5/44. MACR 5144
42-95914 (497th BS) shot down by AAA, Germany, 14/2/45. MACR 12352
42-95917 (495th BS) shot down by AAA, Germany 14/2/45. MACR 12344
42-95918 (495th BS) shot down by AAA over Holland 6/10/44. MACR 9219
42-95920 (497th BS) shot down by AAA, S of Abbeville, France 28/5/44. MACR 5140
42-95921 (494th BS) shot down by AAA, Germany 13/2/45. MACR 12221
42-95922 (495th BS) shot down by AAA near Malo le Baines 11/5/44. MACR 4515
42-95925 (494th BS) in midair collision 8/3/44
42-95926 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over Kunkirk 27/4/44. MACR 4144
42-95928 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over France 23/4/44. MACR 4094
42-95964 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over France 24/7/44. MACR 7478
42-95980 (344th BG) damaged by AAA, crew abandoned aircraft 2/10/44.
42-95982 (496th BS) shot down by AAA 24/3/45
42-96094 (496th BS) shot down by AAA over Germany 9/3/45. MACR 12952
42-107574 (496th BS) shot down by AAA 10/6/44. MACR 5708

42-107608 (495th BS) shot down by AAA over France 28/5/44. MACR 5142
42-107619 (496th BS) shot down by AAA over Holland 23/9/44. MACR 9734
42-107679 (494th BS) shot down by AAA over Holland 23/9/44. MACR 9735
42-107686 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over France 9/8/44. MACR 7848
42-107691 (495th BS) shot down by AAA over France 28/5/44. MACR 5141
42-107698 (495th BS) shot down by AAA over Germany 24/2/45. MACR 12612
43-34196 (497th BS) shot down by AAA over Germany 14/2/45. MACR 12387
43-34330 (344th BG) crashed after midair collision 6/2/45

43-34367 (344th BG) crashed after midair collision 6/2/45
43-34406 (494th BS) shot down by AAA over Holland 23/9/44. MACR 9733
43-34565 (497th BS) 7I-B  shot down by AAA over Germany 23/2/45. MACR 12649
44-68101 (344th BG) shot down by AAA over Germany 24/3/45. MACR 13337

6 Responses to “344th Bombardment Group B-26 Marauders”

  1. Michael Sopronyi, Jr. says:

    I am seeking information regarding a crash the Hell’s Kitchen sustained upon returning to base in England sometime just prior to D-Day. My father, 1stLt. Michael Sopronyi, was the Navigator. The plane was hit by flak as it returned from a mission to bomb a marshaling yard in France and an engine was knocked out. They made it as far as the the beginning of the runway at Stanstead (I believe)where it lost the second engine and crashed. My father was burned but managed to get the tail gunner who had been wounded in the foot out before himself. As a result of the burns, my father was not able to participate in the initial bombing runs on D-Day as he was hospitalized. I have been trying for years to get more information about the entire incident with little success. My father, like so many vets of WWII, spoke very little of his experience so I’m sure there’s more to it than I know. I do know from this website that Hell’s Kitchen was later lost in Holland. Any additional information about the crash and mission I have described involving my father is very much appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Paul D. Bell says:

    Seeking information on 1st Lieut. Julian H. Burgess, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces,497th Bomber Squadron, 344th Bomber Group, death date recorded as 07-02-1944, buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. Awarded Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters (citation needed). Lieut. Burgess’s parents (now deceased) lived in my hometown, but left no record of their son’s service.

  3. Carl Carrozza Webmaster says:

    Roger,

    Thanks for your post. I found some more information about the plane;

    I found some more information about the plane

    Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed at Atlanta AP, Georgia (ATC) from 7/2/44. Then went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 12/2/44), and then to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 23/2/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 24/2/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 24/2/44, and, SOXO R (Europe) on 7/3/44. Served with the 344th BG / 494th BS. Shot down by flak near the target on the 23/9/44 mission to the Venlo Marshalling yards. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Carson Wilkes Carrington took a direct hit which blew off the left wing. The aircraft flipped over on its back and spun down, crashing at Rumeln-Kaldenhausen near Duisburg, next to the Aubruchs canal. There were no survivors. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON FLAK on 26/9/44

    Crew: Pilot 1st Lt. Carson Wilkes Carrington (killed)
    CoPilot 2nd Lt. Frank Brackoneski (killed)
    Bombardier 2nd Lt. Samuel Maynard Thistlethwaite (killed)
    Radio/Gunner Sgt. George Harry Roesser (killed)
    Engineer Top Turret S/Sgt. Wayne LeRoy Martin (killed)
    Tail gunner Pvt. Michael Joseph Flynn (killed)

    MACR 9735
    I also found this http://fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ardennes-m/66322-martin-wayne-l

    Please e-mail me at
    Roger,

    Thanks for your post. I found some more information about the plane;

    I found some more information about the plane

    Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed at Atlanta AP, Georgia (ATC) from 7/2/44. Then went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 12/2/44), and then to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 23/2/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 24/2/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 24/2/44, and, SOXO R (Europe) on 7/3/44. Served with the 344th BG / 494th BS. Shot down by flak near the target on the 23/9/44 mission to the Venlo Marshalling yards. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Carson Wilkes Carrington took a direct hit which blew off the left wing. The aircraft flipped over on its back and spun down, crashing at Rumeln-Kaldenhausen near Duisburg, next to the Aubruchs canal. There were no survivors. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON FLAK on 26/9/44

    Crew: Pilot 1st Lt. Carson Wilkes Carrington (killed)
    CoPilot 2nd Lt. Frank Brackoneski (killed)
    Bombardier 2nd Lt. Samuel Maynard Thistlethwaite (killed)
    Radio/Gunner Sgt. George Harry Roesser (killed)
    Engineer Top Turret S/Sgt. Wayne LeRoy Martin (killed)
    Tail gunner Pvt. Michael Joseph Flynn (killed)

    MACR 9735
    I also found this http://fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ardennes-m/66322-martin-wayne-l

    Please e-mail me at Damonbok@hotmail.com I’d like to get more info

  4. Roger C. Martin says:

    Looking at your website today and saw my fathers pilots name and their plan that was shot down on Sept,23rd. 1944, over Venlo Holland. Pilot Lt. Carson Carrington the nose art name was Hells Kitchen! My fathers name was Wayne L. Martin, I was named after Lt. Carrington. My middle name is Carson. My father and all of th crew were lost that day! He was killed 2weeks before I was born! Thank you for the post!

  5. Dennis Lusin says:

    Our very close family friend, Robert W. Schwaegerl, was the pilot of B-26B-50, 42-95900, 7I-D, over Utah Beach on D-Day … This was his assigned A/C and flew most of his 65 missions in this plane until he rotated home in September of 1944. His co-pilot 2nd Lt. J. Lancaster, did not fly the damaged A/C back to Warmwell RAF airbase on D-Day as an erroneous entry in Jack Havener’s book on the B-26 has suggested. The A/C—7I-D—was also known informally as “The Great Imposter” by the crew. Cheers…..

  6. harold Aiken says:

    I inherited “Sexy Sal” about Christmas 1944, Model B50. Did not change the name. It was still flying, with my copilot who took over the crew. when I was sent to England on the way home.

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