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  B-26 Marauder Serial Number 40-1493  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
33rd BS

Pilot  Lt. Edward G. Gammon, Jr. (survived)
Co-Pilot  Sgt Henry Douglas Dargie, O51840 RAAF (survived) Wellington Mills, WA
Force Landed  November 2, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1493. Disassembled and shipped overseas across the Pacific Ocean to Melbourne. Reassembled by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC).

Wartime History
On May 15, 1942 assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 33rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose. Unofficially known to the crew as "Ole' 93" for the last two digits of the serial number. Assigned to pilot Gammon with crew chief Hart. In total, this B-26 flew at least eleven combat missions.

On June 16, 1942 one of ten B-26 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Gammon on a bombing mission against Lae. Over the target, intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. Gunners aboard this bomber claimed one Zero shot down. This was the bomber's first combat mission.

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. Attempting to take off to avoid being hit on the ground, this B-26 took off piloted by Lt. Gammon with co-pilot Sgt Henry Douglas Dargie (RAAF), navigator Lt. R. B. Linsley plus Bauman, Malone and radio operator SSgt Hubert Newell, Jr. Also, B-26 "Wabash Cannonball" 40-1499 managed to take off as the Japanese bombs began exploding hitting this bomber was shrapnel that damaged the left propeller and caused oil leak, knocked out the radio and wounded Newell with shrapnel. Flying at low altitude to avoid being intercepted and overflew 12 Mile Drome. While landing after the raid, the right tire failed and caused this B-26 to swerve but was still able to land safely. Inspected on the ground, 193 holes were caused by shrapnel. Afterwards, repaired at Garbutt Field at Townsville.

Mission History
On November 2, 1942 one of ten B-26s that took off from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Gammon with co-pilot Dargie on a search mission for a Japanese convoy. After searching for four hours, they failed to find the vessels and returned to base. On the base leg to land at 14 Mile Drome, the right engine ran out of fuel and the left engine ran out of fuel on the final approach. With the runway obstructed by other B-26s, Gammon raised his landing gear and unsuccessfully tried to jettison his bomb load but managed to make a wheels up landing. Gammon was knocked unconscious and co-pilot Sgt Dargie sustained back injures with the rest of the crew sustaining minor injuries. Afterwards, this B-26 was written off and savaged for parts.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1493
WW2 Nominal Roll - Henry Douglas Dargie
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 109, 129-131, 132 (photo), 149-150 (photo), 303 (profile), 500, 551, 617 (index)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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