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  B-26 "Shamrock" Serial Number 40-1437  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
HQ BS

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1437. Flown by Lt. Col. Millard L. Haskin on a ferry flight via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia arriving at Amberley Field on March 29, 1942.

Wartime History
On March 1942 assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, Headquarters Squadron. Nicknamed "Shamrock" with the nose art of a three leaf clover below the name. Assigned to crew chiefs Haskin and Hayes.

Mission History
On June 9, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Hayes as one of ten B-26s on a bombing mission against Lae.

On July 25, 1942 one of six B-26s that took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 9:00am on a flight of 2nd Bombardment Squadron and 408th Bombardment Squadron to Woodstock Airfield. During the flight, they made a reconnaissance sweep over the sea off Port Moresby but made no sightings then landed safely at 1:00pm.

On August 17, 1942 one of ten B-26 Marauders parked at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby fully fueled and armed with 500 pound bombs. On the ground, there was no advanced warning of a Japanese air raid against 7 Mile Drome by G4M1 Betty bombers from the 4th Kokutai and Misawa Kokutai escorted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. This B-26 was destroyed on the ground.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1437
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 105-108, 120, 131 (photo), 489, 516, 620 (index)

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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