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  B-26 "Heckling Hare" Serial Number 40-1488  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

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Daniels 1942

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Jim Houston 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder 40-1488. Disassembled and shipped across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
On April 5, 1942 unloaded at Melbourne and reassembled at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) by April 30, 1942 and flown to Garbutt Field near Townsville. Assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron as a replacement aircraft. No known nickname or nose art. Squadron number "2" was painted in yellow on both sides of the nose.

During May 1942, this B-26 operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. On May 15, 1942 this B-26 was scheduled to fly a mission against Rabaul piloted by 2nd Lt. Pierre G. Powell, but the mission was canceled due to high winds at Port Moresby. On May 26, 1942 scheduled to fly a bombing mission against Lae piloted by 1st Lt. Walter H. Greer, but the mission was canceled due to an enemy air raid on Port Moresby.

On June 9, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome piloted by 1st Lt. Walter H. Greer on a bombing mission against Salamaua, but aborted the mission before reaching the target. Aboard was passenger Commander Lyndon B. Johnson, USN and future U. S. President. Later, he was awarded the Silver Star for his role on this mission.

Pilot  1st Lt. Walter H. Greer
Co-Pilot   P/O G. B. Robertson (RAAF)
Navigator  2nd Lt. B. B. Boothe
Bombardier  Sgt C. A. McCredie
Engineer  Pfc H. G. Brown
Radio  Sgt L. H. Walker
Gunner  Sgt B. E. Newhouse
Passenger  Commander Lyndon B. Johnson (USN)

Afterwards, this B-26 was transfered to Australia. During July 19-25, 1942 assigned to the Torpedo Training School at Nowra Airfield. Returning from this assignment, it was nicknamed "Heckling Hare".

During January 1944 this B-26 was scrapped at Brisbane.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1488
Winged Samurai page 41-45
Pacific Air Combat "LBJ's Silver Star" page 16 - 21
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 87, 105, 141, 303, 496, 541, 543, 550-552, 556

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October 1, 2018

 

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