|Pilot W. J. Dancer (survived)
Force Landed January 16, 1942
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Constructor Number 1329. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1464.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 77th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Flown northward arriving at Elmendorf Field on December 29, 1941.
On January 16, 1942 took off from Elmendorf Field piloted by W. J. Dancer as one of three B-26s on a ferry flight to the south. Low on fuel, all three Marauders force landed wheels up at Smith River in British Columbia. During the crash, the nose section was wrecked. Also lost were B-26 40-1501 and B-26 40-1459.
The entire crew was later rescued.
During 1942, this aircraft was stripped for usable parts by the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF). Until September 1971, the wreckage remained in situ.
During September to November 1971 this aircraft was recovered by a team funded by David Tallichet / Yesterdays Air Force and transported by truck to Chino Airport.
flying condition by Aero Trader at Chino Airport, completed by April 1991. This aircraft was restored using the nose section of B-26 40-1501.
Sold to Kermit Weeks during 1992. Registered by Kermit Weeks on October 7, 1944 as N4297J. Displayed at Fantasy Of Flight (Weeks Air Museum).
USAAF Accident report lists force landing as January 16, 1942 and the location as Watson Lake, Yukon Territory
and assignment as 3rd Air Force. Other sources list date of force landing as January 15, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1464
Fantasy of Flight - B-26 Profile valued at $1.7 million
Warbird Registry - Marauder 40-1464
FAA Registry N4297J
WarbirdsDirectory - Martin B-26 Marauder
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February 18, 2020