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  B-26B "Miss Cookie Lee" Serial Number 41-17562  
13th AF
42nd BG
70th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26B Marauder serial number 41-17562.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 70th Bomber Squadron. Nickname "Miss Cookie Lee".

On June 2, 1942 took off from Hamilton Field pilot Captain John F. Sharp, co-pilot 2nd Lt. John D. Ryder, navigator 2nd Lt. Nathan E. Koch and radio/engineer Cpl William G. Keesee as part of "A Flight" (Flight A) with auxiliary fuel tanks installed in the bomb bay and a reduced crew on a ferry flight to Hickam Field on Oahu to join the Hawaiian Defense Command.

Afterwards, flown across the Pacific to Fiji and operated in the South Pacific. In early 1943, assigned to the 13th Air Force and operated in the South Pacific Theater of Operations (SOPAC).

Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26B Marauder 41-17562
Bombs Away! A History of the 70th Bombardment Squadron (M) in Early World War II pages 24-25 (June 2, 1942 ferry flight), 62 (photo)

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Last Updated
October 6, 2018


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