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  B-26 "Bundle of Passion / Sad Sack / Easy Pickin'" Serial Number 40-1368   
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

Former Assignments
33rd BS

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1368. Disassembled and shipped as cargo overseas to Brisbane and reassembled at Eagle Farm Airfield.

Wartime History
During August 1942, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 33rd Bombardment Squadron. This bomber had the nose art of Bundle of Passion and later nicknamed "Sad Sack". Assigned to pilot Jolly and Haney with crew chief Rehklau. On July 22, 1943 flew first combat mission, flying a total of seven combat missions with the squadron until May 1943.

During June 1943, transfered to the 19th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Higgins with crew chief Warner. Renamed "Easy Pickin'". On July 27, 1943 this B-26 flew a bombing mission, the only combat mission flown with the 19th Bombardment Squadron.

Wartime History
On September 10, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Ralph P. Higgins. After take off, this this B-26 suffered an engine fire and crashed into the runway. On impact with the left engine tearing off the mount and cartwheeled onto its left wing and breaking into half, caught fire and burned. Aboard, six of the crew suffered minor injuries. Afterwards, this bomber was written off.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1368
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 193, 286, 305, 496-497, 500, 517, 550, 522, 560-562, 605 (index), 608 (index), 619 (index)
(Easy Pickin') 193, 286, 305, 496, 522, 561-562, 608 (index)
(Bundle of Passion / Sad Sack) pages 500, 605 (index)
(Sad Sack) 286, 517, 522, 497, 500, 550, 560-562, 619 (index)

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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