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  B-26 "Reluctant Dragon" Serial Number 40-1406  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Carroll C. McGlasson
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Douglas W. Diggs
Crew Chief  S/Sgt. Clifford F. McClure (KIA)
Radio  S/Sgt. Donald G. Murray (WIA)
Passenger  ?

Ditched  September 12, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Reluctant Dragon".

Mission History
Took off from Dobodura for a training flight over Cape Killerton. An engine that had been intentionally shut down could not be restarted, likely to a magnito failure. The pilot attempted to ditch just off the coast and skid the plane up onto the beach, but he landed too far offshore, and the Marauder sank while still in deep water. The co-pilot Diggs, a member of the Merchant Marine, who was along for the ride, went down with the plane. McClure, the crew chief, escaped from the sinking bomber. 1/Lt. Carroll C. McGlasson, the pilot, S/Sgt. Donald G. Murray, the injured radio operator, and another Merchant Marine passenger, were able to swim ashore.

Wreckage
This wreck is diveable off Cape Killerton but the water quality is poor.

References
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 304, 499, 517-518, 556-558

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
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