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  B-26 Marauder Serial Number 40-1370  
USAAF
11th AF
28th CG
73rd BS

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USAAF c1942
Pilot  Lt. Benjamin F. Schoenfeld (survived) TN
Crew  ? (KIA)
Crew  ? (KIA)
Crashed  August 16, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Constructor Number 1235. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1370.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force (11th AF), 28th Composite Group (28th CG), 73rd Bombardment Squadron (73rd BS). No known nickname or nose art. During January 1942 based at Elmendorf Field in Alaska.

Mission History
On August 16, 1942 took off from Elmendorf Field piloted by Lt. Benjamin F. Schoenfeld on a ferry flight southward and crashed force landing at King Salmon Airfield near Neknek in Alaska. Two were killed in the crash. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off.

Wreckage
This aircraft was salvaged and transported to Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB and stored outdoors awaiting restoration.

Memorials
Schoenfeld died on December 24, 1944 piloting A-26B Invader 43-22273 that crashed 5 miles south of Sardina, Ohio while on his way home for leave. He is buried at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Corvallis, OR at section 4, row 123, grave 3.

Resources
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1370
"1370 (28th CG, 73rd BS) in landing accident in bad weather at King Salmon, Alaska Aug 16, 1942. Crew killed."
August 1942 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports - B-26 40-1370
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Benjamin F Schoenfeld

December 1944 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports - A-26B 43-22273
FindAGrave - Capt Benjamin Franklin Schoenfeld (grave photos)
Hill Aerospace Museum - B-26 Marauder

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Last Updated
September 17, 2020

 

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