This is a large group aluminium airframe structure sections there are 7 parts in all some which are a few bits still riveted together. The parts still with lots of original gray-blue and black paintwork which are very clear to see all over the sections have ripped and bent by the impact of the crash they have been very well cleaned and are in nice clean condition they are perfect for display or any collection they are 2-9 inches long. The parts come with a A5 laminated information sheet with pictures. The parts are from American B26 Marauder number 42-96263 shot down on D-Day 6th June 1944 it crashed at Gillingham in Kent
American B26 Marauder number 42-96263 the plane was on a D-Day bombing mission on the 6th June 1944 when it collided with another plane and crashed in Kent.
On the June 6th 1944, D-Day, it was the first mission of the day for the 394th Bombardment Group of the United States Air Force stationed at the Royal Air Force airfield at Boreham, Essex, England. Flying B-26 Marauder air-craft, the self-proclaimed "bridge-busters" flew attacks on bridges in Nazi-occupied France and the Low Countries. On D-Day Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches of occupied France to turn the tide against the Nazi stranglehold on Western Europe. On that day the 394th’s mission was to bomb gun positions at Varreville on France’s northwest coast.
Flying above Gillingham, Kent at 5:30 am the two B26 bombers collided mid-air all the crews in both planes were killed The other B26 crashed into homes on Corporation Road in Gillingham resulting in the deaths of four civilians. This B 26 marauder crashed into the orchard of East Court farm in Boreham killing the pilot 2nd Lieut. Claude W Kline Jnr and his crew Emil F Ostrowski; Raymond F Sablatura; Joseph Amato; Boris R Selinsky and James F Bechtler. Wreckage was strewn over quite a large area of the orchard. Some landed behind the barn and the resulting explosion blew out the back of the barn. Another large piece landed against the Drawing-room window of the house. The body of Claude W Kline is buried now at the American Cemetery at Cambridge. The Military removed what they could find of the rest of the crew could not be found.
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