B26 Marauder being shot down

A U.S. Army Air Forces Martin B-26G-11-MA Marauder (s/n 43-34565) from the 497th Bombardment Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, enveloped in flames and hurtling earthward after enemy flak scored a direct hit on left engine while aircraft was attacking front line enemy communications center at Erkelenz, Germany.

A U.S. Army Air Forces Martin B-26G-11-MA Marauder (s/n 43-34565) from the 497th Bombardment Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, enveloped in flames and hurtling earthward after enemy flak scored a direct hit on left engine while aircraft was attacking front line enemy communications center at Erkelenz, Germany.

Capt. Carl F. Chapman,Jr. – Pilot (KIA)
….. (O-659663) Macon,Georgia
1st Lt. John J. Sheehan – CoPilot (KIA)
….. (O-816603) Boston,Massachusetts
2nd Lt. James R. Harl – Bombardier (KIA)
….. (O-722452) Pulaski,Iowa
1st Lt. Kenneth G. Bowdish – Navigator (KIA)
….. (O-741451) Seattle,Washington
1st Lt. Frederick D. Storey,Jr. – GEE Operator (KIA)
….. (O-765744) Houston,Texas
T/Sgt. J.P. Herndon – Radio Operator/Gunner (KIA)
….. (18005969) Dallas,Texas
S/Sgt. Ballard J. Bentley – Engineer/Gunner (KIA)
….. (6941901) Neon,Kentucky
S/Sgt. W.T. Williamson – Tail Gunner (KIA)
….. (18083363) Dallas,Texas

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