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WWII U.S. 9th Airforce B26 Marauder Mission On D Day Glossy 8x10 Photo | eBay

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factory modified experimental ground attack version with 2 x 37mm cannon and 2 x .50 cal machine guns in nose, waist guns supposedly moved higher, also reportedly had 4 x .50MG in wings. Engines said to have had small scoops and extended nacelles, horn-balanced rudder.
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Ring and bead gunsights don't often appear on operational aircraft. Though some early manuals describe how to use the torpedo aimer as a gunsight, and later ones show a reflector sight mounted in the cockpit.
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    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. During the course of its service life of 207 missions, with bombing runs over France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, it was perforated with over 1000 holes, twice returned with only one engine operating, once with an engine on fire and twice with the complete loss of its electrical and hydraulic systems. Having survived the war in Europe, Flak Bait was selected to be returned to the US. On 18-Mar-46, Major John Egan and Captain Norman Schloesser flew Flak-Bait one last time, to an air depot at Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria to be broken down to component parts and shipped in crates back home. Currently being restored at the Steven F.
  • First of three assigned crews of the Martin B-26 "Flak Bait" posed on top of the aircraft; pilot LT James J. Farrell is in the center; June 1944. Note mechanics in foreground. photographer Unknown
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View of crew members from the 449th Bombardment Squadron, 322nd Bombardment Group posed in front of Martin (Glenn L.) B-26B Marauder (Model 179B) "Flak Bait," circa 1943-1945. Standing, left to right, are Sherman V. Best, Jr., Henry "Hank" Bozarth, and Tom Gee. Kneeling, left to right, are W.J. "Bill" Johnston, McDonald Darnell, Jr., and Russell Bassler. Lt. James Farrell (front row, kneeling) and his crew pose on Flak-Bait shortly before the Normandy Invasion.
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