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  B-26B-25-MA "Flak Bait" Serial Number 41-31773 Code PN-O
5th AF
322nd BG
449th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Constructors Number 3487. During April 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26B Marauder serial number 41-31773. This bomber was ferried overseas to the United Kingdom.

Wartime History
Assigned 322nd Bombardment Group "'Annihilators", 449th Bombardment Squadron with fuselage code PN-O. Nicknamed "Flak Bait" by pilot Lt. James J. Farrell as a play on his brother's nickname for their family dog "Flea Bait". This B-26 flew a total of 207 combat missions over Europe. Pilot Lt. James J. Farrell of Greenwich, Connecticut, flew more missions in this B-26 than any other pilot. This bomber flew the greatest number of American combat missions in Europe before returning to the United States.

The restored nose section of this B-26 was displayed at National Air & Space Museum (NASM) Downtown until 2015. The rest of the aircraft was in storage at NASM Garber Facility. During early 2016, this aircraft was moved to NASM Udvar-Hazy in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar to be reassembled and placed on display.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26B Marauder 41-31773
"31773 (MSN 3487, 322nd BG, 449th BS) was *Flak Bait*, the first Allied bomber in the ETO to complete 200 sorties. Nose section was on display at NASM. NASM was reported to have the rest of the airframe in storage at Silver Hill facility. In 2015 the entire aircraft was in the restoration ship at the Udvar-Hazy Center. The nose was moved from the NASM on the Mall in Jun 2014, and the rest of the airframe came over from the Garber facility. The entire plane will be displayed in its original paint, fabric, and markings at the Udvar-Hazy center."
NASM - Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder "Flak-Bait"

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Last Updated
October 1, 2018


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