- Flak Bait
"Flak Bait" is a famous
B-26 Marauderaircraft that holds the record within the United States Army Air Forcesfor number of bombing missions survived during World War II. A B-26B manufactured in Baltimore, Marylandby Martin, this aircraft was completed in April, 1943. It was christened "Flak Bait" by one of the pilots, James J. Farrell, after the nickname of a family dog, "Flea Bait". "Flak Bait" was assigned to the 449th Bombardment Squadron, 322nd Bombardment Group stationed in England.
During the course of its 202 (some sources say 207 [http://www.historynet.com/magazines/aviation_history/3037306.html?page=3&c=y] ) bombing missions over
Germanyas well as the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, "Flak Bait" lived up to its name by being shot with over 1000 holes, returned twice on one engine and once with an engine on fire, lost its electrical system once and its hydraulic system twice, and participated in bombing missions in support of D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge[http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/aero/aircraft/martin_b26.htm] [http://www.historynet.com/magazines/aviation_history/3037306.html] .
"Flak Bait" returned to the United States in December 1946. The front portion of the fuselage is currently on display at the
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
* Wingspan: 71 feet/21.63 meters
* Length: 58 feet 3 inches/17.76 meters
* Height: 21 feet 6 inches/6.55 meters
List of units using the B-26 Marauder during World War II
See Picture of [http://saleomatic.com/Flak-Bait/ Flak Bait with bomb loaders France 1944]
* [http://collections.nasm.si.edu/code/emuseum.asp?style=text¤trecord=181&page=collection&profile=objects&searchdesc=Aeronautics:%20Aircraft&newvalues=1&newstyle=single&newcurrentrecord=182 Smithsonian Institution article]
* [http://www.flakbait.com/ flakbait.com]
* [http://www.historynet.com/magazines/aviation_history/3037306.html "Aviation History" magazine article]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.