Discussion in '322nd BG' started by Airwar, Mar 15, 2017.
War story of a veteran of the 450th BS
A few photos: "Fightin Cock" 41-31765
The plane was written off after a crash landing in which the pilot and co-pilot were killed.
This appears to be his grave. Note the year born is 1923 (he lied about his age). Rank is wrong.
LeVoyde Grimes, ASN 14053818 https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...&tf=F&q=14053818&bc=sd&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=896135
The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 41-31765) nicknamed "Fightin' Cock" of the 322nd Bomb Group. US Air Force photo.
Caption for this photo from Canadian wings:
Caption for introductory image above: Not since some of the flying shots in Catch-22, have I seen such a revealing image of the tight confines of one of America’s medium bombers. Here one of my favourite aircraft of the era, a Martin B-26 Marauder, closes in tight to the photographer, while members of the crew get a real close look - and I mean real close! Given the quality of the lenses back in the 1940s, this was probably a lot closer than it looks. The mid-upper gunner cranes his neck between the pilots (who look like twin brothers), while the bombardier in the nose blister hauls nonchalantly on a fag. It’s a surprisingly intimate photo of men at work in a flying world where we almost always see only the aircraft. This Marauder is specifically a Martin B-26B-20-MA Marauder 41-31765 Fightin' Cock [Squadron Code ER-X] of the 450th Bomb Squadron of the 322nd Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force. Fightin’ Cock was written-off after crash-landing on August 12, 1944 at RAF Great Dunmow. It had received flak damage while over France and had its electrical system, generators and hydraulic systems shot out. The crew nursed Fightin’ Cock back to the base in Essex County, UK and got the gear cranked down after the pilot ordered the unessential crew to bail out. While trying to land, the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower, killing both pilots. It is not known whether these two men— 2nd Lt. John R. Walker and 2nd Lt. Bruce Taylor—are the men we see in this photograph.
This page http://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=9884 offers the other crew member names that day. Likely LeVoyde Grimes had already rotated home, and his pilots name was Howard Posson. Nice photo of him here (on the right) http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/240052 (and for those uniform collectors, nice variety)
CREW OF FIGHTIN COCK: CODE (ER-X)
MACR 15747 https://www.fold3.com/image/47350048
2nd Lt. John R. Walker, Jr. - Pilot (O-814603) KIA
2nd Lt. Bruce Taylor - Co-Pilot (O-764829) KIA
S/Sgt. Ernest Pilot - Togglier (16108300) RTD on 8/25/44
Sgt. George E. Peterson - Engineer/Gunner (36650962) RTD on 8/25/44
Sgt. John B. Hill - Radio Operator/Gunner (16119103) EUS
Sgt. Marvin E. Vogt - Tail Gunner (37527425) RTD
Just found this post and now have to correct one of my previous posts with regards to the B-26 Marauder films!! It is not "Flounder Gus" which is seen in the picture, but without a doubt "Fightin Cock". Sorry guys!
I do however have to correct the information about the crash site mentioned here. It was without a doubt Andrewsfield (Great Saling) NOT Great Dunmow, as stated, at which it crashed. After that crash several airfields had mounds of earth placed on the runway / crash accessible sides of their control towers, to help prevent any further aircraft crashing into the all important control towers! It gives a slight timeline to some pictures, as it was to my knowledge NOT done anywhere before that 12th August crash date!!
I#d like to add an information on Howard Posson: His brother John was killed by a Nazi on July 19th 1944, after bailing out safely near Munich from a B-24. With a special thanks to Chuck Parsonson!
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