|Pilot Doolittle (survived)
Force Landed January 16, 1942
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Constructor Number 1366. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1501.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group. Assigned to either the 73rd Bombardment Squadron or 77th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. On December 29, 1941 arrived at Elmendorf Field.
On January 16, 1942 that took off from Elmendorf Field piloted by Doolittle as one of three B-26s 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 40-1464 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. Until September 1971, this bomber remained in situ.
Between September to November 1971 the forward fuselage and parts of this aircraft were recovered by a team funded by David Tallichet / Yesterdays Air Force and transported by truck to Chino Airport.
This aircraft was stripped of parts and used in the restoration of B-26 40-1464 by Aero Trader at Chino Airport, completed by April 1991. On April 17, 1991 registered by Yesterdays Air Force (MARC) as N4299S.
During 1995, this aircraft was loaned to
the Empire State Aerosciences Museum at Schenectady Airport, NY. Displayed in static condition using a tail turret recovered from Kansas. During March 2015 transported to Pima Air & Space Museum for restoration using the nose section of 41-31856 and the rear fuselage of another aircraft.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1501
"40-1501 crash-landed in British Columbia Jan 16, 1942. Now under restoration at Empire State Aerosciences Museum as N4299S. In 2012 was at Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation, Anaheim, California. 1502 w/o Jan 16, 1942 when ran out of fueled and forced landed near Watson Lake, Canada"
FAA Registry N4299S
WarbirdsDirectory - Martin B-26 Marauder
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October 1, 2018