|Pilot W. J. Dancer (survived)
Force Landed January 16, 1942
Built by Martin. Constructor Number 1329. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sold to Kermit Weeks during 1992. Registered by Kermit Weeks on October 7, 1944 as N4297J. Displayed at Fantasy Of Flight (Weeks Air Museum).
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
Fantasy of Flight - B-26 Profile valued at $1.7 million
Warbird Registry - Marauder 40-1464
FAA Registry N4297J
WarbirdsDirectory - Martin B-26 Marauder
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
January 5, 2018