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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 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.

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
NASM - Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder "Flak-Bait"

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018


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