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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - B26b Marauder 42-96910

REF NR: 1948

On operational duties on the 12th May 1944, a Marauder from 556 Squadron 387 Bomb Group US Ninth Air Force crashed at Bucks Farm Kingston, north of Chale Green. There are conflicting reports on the actual reasons why the aircraft crashed. According to Gilliam, a local account has the Marauder turning back on a mission 10 miles south-west of St Catherine's Lighthouse; it then successfully jettisoned its bomb load and latterly went down between Billingham and Kingston. The US Air Force suggests that the aircraft was on a mission to attack German gun positions at Barfleur La Parnelle on the French Cherbourg coast. However during the flight, the Pilot E G Bond ordered the crew to bail as the aircraft had become very unstable. Lt H Hallnon the bombardier and the co pilot Lt Hanna left the aircraft over the Cherbourg peninsular. The pilot then valiantly fought and nursed the aircraft back across the channel, where he and the four remaining crew members bailed out. All five were reported to be fit for duty and were back on station the next day. 


A recent local addendum reported by Gilliam has it that the crew were said to have attended a small celebration at the Crown in Shorwell along with the local contingent of the army garrison that had searched the wreckage checking for survivors. 



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