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    Default Bomber casualty on Ramrod 628, 5 March 1944

    Ramrod 628 on 5 March 1944 foresaw five attacks by a total of 246 Marauders on No Ball targets in the Pas-de-Calais and Picardie regions, as follows:

    1st Attack: Raye-sur-Authie & Vacqueriette-Erquières
    2nd & 3rd Attacks: Moyenneville, Béhen and Vaux-Marquenneville
    4th & 5th Attacks: Lottinghen/Les Grands Bois and Fôret de Tournehem

    Five Spitfire squadrons flew as a fighter umbrella for the first three attacks (41, 306, 322, 416 & 504 Sqns), and three Typhoon squadrons for the fourth and fifth (183, 197 & 609 Sqns).

    41 Squadron reported seeing one Marauder hit by Flak in one of the boxes on the first three attacks - but does not indicate which of the attacks - and said a single parachute was seen to descend from that bomber.

    Is anyone with Chorley's BCL or similar reference works able to identify this bomber and the crew, please, and tell me what their fate was?

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    Steve
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    Steve

    According to Jefford the only RAF Squadron using the aircraft was 14 in North Africa & Italy. So was it USAAF?

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    Hello,

    Indeed, it had to be a U.S. 9th Air Force Marauder.

    I can only find one on that date B26B-15-MA Army Air Force s/n 41-31586, of 386th B.G., 553rd B.S. Subject of Missing air Crew Report # 2604, which I don't have.

    A Google search with the serial number brings many hits :
    http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&rls=com.microsoft%3Afr%3AIE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ACPW_frFR366&q=B-26B+41-31586&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

    The first one gives the crash site as :
    41-31586 B26B-15-MA 05/03/1944 2604 552 BS Buigny nr.Le Treport, France Shot down by flak RG- Shadrach
    (note the Squadron is different)

    1007 41-31586 B-26B-15-MA Shadrack 386th 554th RU-J Lt. Gianatsis / Kilhertin See also 386th, 553rd, AN-? Lost Mar. 5,1944. Macr 2604.

    Hopefully you may find more answers in these hits, or someone has a copy of this MACR and could give the crew list.

    Joss

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    Thanks John and Joss

    Yes, I missed that - silly of me; of course they were USAAF.

    I appreciate the links Joss, they have provided further information

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