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B-26 "Flak Bait"

Discussion in 'Allied Bomber Planes' started by Class of '42, Apr 6, 2020.

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    The B-26B Marauder "Flak Bait" (A19600297000), survived 207 operational missions over Europe, more than any other American aircraft during World War II. "Flak-Bait" was built at the Glenn L. Martin Company's Baltimore, Maryland factory and was completed in April 1943, when it was flown to England.

    The U.S. Army Air Force assigned it to the 449th Bombardment Squadron, 322nd Bombardment Group (nicknamed the 'Annihilators'), and gave the bomber the fuselage identification codes "PN-O". It completed missions over D-Day as well as the Battle of the Bulge. It is currently going thru a total restoration after being partially displayed at the Air&Space Museum.

    My late step father, John Sweren, flew on B-26 missions as a gunner but was shot down over Germany in '44 and spent nearly a year as a POW. For his 75th birthday we presented him this "Flak Bait" print, he was lost for words.

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