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

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

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.

Display
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.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26B Marauder 41-31773
NASM - Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder "Flak-Bait"

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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