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  B-26 "So Sorry" Serial Number 40-1422  
5th AF
22nd BG
2nd BS

Former Assignments
19th BS

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22nd BG c1942
Pilot  1st Lt. Gerald J. Crosson (survived)
Crew  McCaskey (WIA, survived)
Crew  Johnson (WIA, survived)

Crashed  January 3, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1422.

Wartime History
During 1941, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron with aircraft number 31. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Franklin S. Allen and crew chief Harrum.

In February 1942, flown to Hickam Field and transferred to the 2nd Bombardment Group at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD). Took off by 1st Lt. Hubert J. Konopacki on a flight across the Pacific arriving at Amberley Field on April 2, 1942. Afterwards, flown to Reid River Airfield as one of the first aircraft assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "So Sorry" with the nose art of a bomb falling. Regular pilots included Konopacki and Crosson with crew chiefs Peters, Gill and Testa.

On May 7, 1942 during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea this B-26 flew its first combat mission, but aborted due to mechanical failure.

In total, this B-26 flew at least 34 combat missions over New Guinea before being lost.

Mission History
On January 3, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Crosson leading a six bomber mission against Lae Airfield. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire in the bomb bay, damaging its elevator cables. Two of the crew were wounded by shrapnel: McCaskey and Johnson. It flew down the coast and successfully belly landed in a clearing near Kukuobata, near Dobodura behind the front lines of the Buna battlefield. Later, the aircraft was salvaged.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1422
"1422 (22nd BG) crash-landed at Kukumbuta, New Guinea due to AAA damage Jan 3, 1943."
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 106, 120. 163-164, 301, 490, 495, 517, 539-540

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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