|Pilot 1st Lt. Gerald J. Crosson (survived)
Crew McCaskey (WIA, survived)
Crew Johnson (WIA, survived)
Crashed January 3, 1943
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron during 1941. Aircraft number 31. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Franklin S. Allen and crew chief Harrum.
During February 1942, flown to Hickam Field and transferred to the 2nd Bombardment Group at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD). Departed Hickam Field piloted by 1st Lt. Hubert J. Konopacki on a flight across the Pacific arriving at Amberley Field on April 2, 1942 then flown to Reid River Airfield as one of the first aircraft assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "So Sorry" with the nose art of a bomb falling painted at Reid River Airfield. Regular pilots included Konopacki and Crosson with crew chiefs Peters, Gill and Testa.
On May 7, 1942 during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea this B-26 flew its first combat mission, but aborted due to mechanical failure.
In total, this B-26 flew at least 34 combat missions over New Guinea before being lost.
On January 3, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Crosson leading a six bomber mission against Lae Airfield. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire in the bomb bay, damaging its elevator cables. Two of the crew were wounded by shrapnel: McCaskey and Johnson. It flew down the coast and successfully belly landed in a clearing near Kukuobata, near Dobodura behind the front lines of the Buna battlefield. Later, the aircraft was salvaged.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1422
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 106, 120. 163-164, 301, 490, 495, 517, 539-540
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May 11, 2018