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41-31773

B-26 Marauder

Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. During the course of its service life of 207 missions, with bombing runs over France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, it was perforated with over 1000 holes, twice returned with only one engine operating, once with an engine on fire and twice with the complete loss of its electrical and hydraulic systems. Having survived the war in Europe, Flak Bait was selected to be returned to the US. On 18-Mar-46, Major John Egan and Captain Norman Schloesser flew Flak-Bait one last time, to an air depot at Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria to be broken down to component parts and shipped in crates back home. Currently being restored at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA part of the National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution.

Service

Units

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 449th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • William Brearly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombadier | 322nd Bomb Group

  • John Egan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, 322nd Bomb Group, Commander, 450th Bomb Squadron | 322nd Bomb Group
    John Lloyd retired from the Air Force, having served in World War II as Commanding Officer of the 450th Bomb Group and as a Commander of the 95th Bomb Squadron during the Korean War. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross Awards.

  • James Farrell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    James J. Farrell, original pilot of Flak Bait. Flew 72 combat missions as a member of the 322nd / 449th. After WW II he flew for American Airlines, then became a corporate pilot for General Electric Corporation

  • Cecil Fisher

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group

  • Clare Goodrich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew chief of B-26 41-31773 'Flak Bait'.

  • Kenneth Locke

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Perkins

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • John Samuel

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Middle River, MD, USA April 1943

Built at Martin's.

Delivered Joint Base Andrews, MD, USA April 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom May 1943

Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Selected for display in US Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Weßling, Germany 18 March 1946

Flown to air depot to be crated back to the US.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 11:47:59 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/martin-b-26b-25-ma-maraude...
http://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/hundreds-holes-iflak-baiti-180954...

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 21:46:10 Tanks Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 21:45:22 Tanks Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and media associations
Sources

AAM Photos

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