War Story

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  1. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    War story of a veteran of the 450th BS

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  2. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    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.
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  3. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

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  4. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member


    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.
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  5. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    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)

    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

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