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  B-26 "Bunagoon" Serial Number 40-1403  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

Former Assignments
2nd BS

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Ferried overseas to Australia. Nicknamed "Bunagoon".

Wartime History
On April 13, 1942 assigned to the 19th Bombardment Squadron, but was detached to the RAAF torpedo school at Nowra Airfield. Assigned to pilot Cooper with crew chief Sanders. On August 26, 1942 this B-26 flew its first combat mission.

Mission History
On September 30, 1942 while taxing at Iron Range Airfield, suffered brake failure and ran into a ditch ran into vegitation that collapsed the nose wheel and damaged the nose.

Wreckage
Unable to be repaired locally, this B-26 was disassembled and shipped by sea to Townsville. The tail assembly from this B-26 was removed and used to repair B-26 "Sourpuss" 40-1532. The rest of this aircraft was scrapped or otherwise abandoned.

References
Note, it is possible the date of the brake failure at Iron Range Airfield was October 10, 1942
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1403
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 143, 496
Oz @ War - Crash of a B-26 Marauder at Iron Range, QLD on 30 September 1942

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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