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  B-26 Marauder Serial Number 40-1464  
USAAF
11th AF
28th BG
77th BS

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circa 1970s

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Justin Taylan 2010

Pilot  W. J. Dancer (survived)
Force Landed  January 16, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Constructor Number 1329. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1464.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 77th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. On December 29, 1941 arrived at Elmendorf Field.

Mission History
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.

Rescue
The entire crew was later rescued.

Wreckage
During 1942, this aircraft was stripped for usable parts by the U. S. Army Air Force. The wreckage remained in situ until September 1971.

Recovery
During September to November 1971 this aircraft was recovered by a team funded by David Tallichet / Yesterdays Air Force and transported by truck to Chino Airport.

Restoration
Restored to flying condition by Aero Trader at Chino Airport, completed by April 1991. This aircraft was restored using the nose section of B-26 40-1501.

Display
Sold to Kermit Weeks during 1992. Registered by Kermit Weeks on October 7, 1944 as N4297J. Displayed at Fantasy Of Flight (Weeks Air Museum).

References
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.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1464
Fantasy of Flight - B-26 Profile valued at $1.7 million
Warbird Registry - Marauder 40-1464
FAA Registry N4297J
WarbirdsDirectory - Martin B-26 Marauder

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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