|Pilot Edward S. Avery (survived)
Force Landed January 16, 1942
Built by Martin. Constructor Number 1324. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1459.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 77th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. On December 29, 1941 arrived at Elmendorf Field.
On January 16, 1942 one of three B-26s that took off from Elmendorf Field on a ferry flight to the south. Low on fuel, all three Marauders force landed wheels up at Smith River in British Columbia. During the crash, the nose section was wrecked. Also lost were B-26 40-1501 and B-26 40-1459.
The entire crew was later rescued.
During 1942, this aircraft was stripped for usable parts by the U. S. Army Air Force. The wreckage remained in situ until September 1971.
Recovered by a team funded by David Tallichet / Yesterdays Air Force during September - November 1971.
Afterwards, stored at Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) from 1972 until 1991 at Chino Airport. In April 1991, registered as N4299K.
During 1991, transported to MAPS Air Museum and restoration was begun to airworthy condition.
Registration N4299K was canceled on May 18, 2011.
As of May 2013 externally restored at the facility. Painted in the markings of "Charlys Jewel" with the nose art of a cartoon woman wearing boots, a yellow skirt, black shirt and hat smoking a corn cob pipe.
USAAF Accident report lists force landing as January 16, 1942 and the location as Watson Lake, Yukon Territory
and assignment as 3rd Air Force
Other sources list date of force landing as January 15, 1942
MAPS B-26 40-1459
Out of the Wilderness: Restoring a Relic
FAA Registry N4299K
WarbirdsDirectory - Martin B-26 Marauder
Thanks to Dave Pawski / MAPS Air Museum, B-26 Crew Chief for additional information
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January 5, 2018