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Mission Belle

Martin B-26 Marauder 

41-34955 Martin B-26C Marauder flew 149 missions with the 455th Bombardment Squadron, 323rd Bombardment Group. Flying from Earls Colne in Essex in 1943/44, she was lost on a mission near St Vith, Belgium on 26th December 1944.


(Acrylic on 20" x  30" Canvas Board - framed)


In the Collection of Boxted Airfield Historical Group

It is wonderful when a story comes ‘full circle’. Gary Creakbaum saw ‘Mission Belle’ at Boxted Air Museum. Gary’s Dad, Ronald Adelbert Creakbaum, actually flew in ‘Mission Belle’!


“Dad was trained as an Armourer / Air Gunner primarily for the Tail Gunner Position on a B-26 Marauder. He was with the 9th Army Air force, 455th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, of the 3rd Bomb Wing  and was based at Earl Colne Airfield (station 358), Essex County, England”


Here is Gary in his office with a print of my painting on his wall and his Dad's picture on his desk. The picture of Ronald Creakbaum is shown to the right.

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I thought that this story had come 'full circle' when Gary asked for a print of 'Mission Belle' for his office. Well, it did not quite! It did in July 2017 when John Camp contacted me with a photograph of Gary and his wife Ellen at Boxted Museum with 'Mission Belle' in the background. I cannot express how pleased I was to see this photograph!

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I am indebted to Roy R. Bozych (323rd BG Historian) for his unstinting assistance in verifying the 'nose art' on "Mission Belle"