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  B-26B "Irene" Serial Number 41-17564  
42nd BG
70th BS

70th BS June 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26B Marauder serial number 41-17564.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 42nd Bombardment Group, 70th Bomber Squadron. Nicknamed "Irene" (with quotes around the name) painted in white on the left side of the nose.

On June 2, 1942 took off from Hamilton Field piloted by 2nd Lt. Edward H. Morrison co-pilot 2nd Lt. James Rudolph, navigator 2nd Lt. John K. Burs and radio/engineer Cpl Thomas Moore as part of "A Flight" (Flight A) to Hickam Field on Oahu to join the Hawaiian Defense Command. Before departing, the B-26 and crew were photographed. This bomber was the slowest plane in the formation.

On August 12, 1942 this B-26 being taxied by a Sergent being checked out to taxi the aircraft and accidentally rolled into a drainage ditch that broke the fuselage. Damaged beyond repair, the bomber was stripped for parts. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26B Marauder 41-17564
Bombs Away! A History of the 70th Bombardment Squadron (M) in Early World War II pages 24-25 (photo), 28 (reference to slowest plane in the squadron), 55, 56 (photo), 158-160 (operational order 109a)
Thanks to Greg Boeser for additional information

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Last Updated
October 3, 2018


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