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  B-26 "Lll' Rebel / Pistol Packin Mama" Serial Number 40-1388  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

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Harry Hunter c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1388. Disassembled and shipped across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Lil' Rebel". Assigned to pilot 2nd Lt. Paul E. Ray and crew chief Witek. Ferried to overseas by 2nd Lt. Paul E. Ray, arriving at Archerfield Airfield on March 24, 1942.

On April 6, 1942 this B-26 flew its first combat mission over New Guinea.

On April 30, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 5:00am piloted by 2nd Lt. Paul E. Ray armed with 100 pound bombs along with B-26 "Dixie" 40-1496 and B-26 "Diana's Demon" 40-1495 on a bombing mission against Lae Airfield. Arriving at dawn at 600' altitude, the bombers released their bombs over parked aircraft. On the ground one bomber and four Zeros sustained shrapnel damaged, one Zeros destroyed and one Zero heavily damaged. Leaving the target, the formation was intercepted by seven A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai but none of the B-26s were damaged and returned safely.

During early 1943, the exterior paint was removed to natural aluminum finish with "Silver Fleet" marking on the tail and was nicknamed "Pistol Packin Mama" and assigned to pilot Stanwood with crew chief Warner. In toal, it flew least 82 combat missions. Scrapped in Brisbane during January 1944.

References
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 82, 127, 177, 301 (profile), 495, 517, 522, 524 (photos) 526, 540-542, 614 (index) /

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January 9, 2018

 

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