1940 Martin B-26 Marauder
sale of quality, historic, vintage and warbird aircraft
This aircraft saw combat in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, during World War II. She was assigned to the 28th Composite Group, 73rd Bomb Squadron, and took part in bombing missions over Dutch Harbor, during the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians in June of 1942. Ironically, this aircraft was nicknamed “Basket Case”. She flew a few more patrols, searching for Japanese transports and warships, until August 16, 1942. On returning from a patrol mission this aircraft and another, 40-1381, skidded off of the runway at Naknek Airfield, due to bad weather. This aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair at that time, and was stripped for parts, and abandoned.
The remains of 40-1370 and 40-1381, were recovered in 2000 by the Hill Aerospace Museum, for eventual restoration. Also purchased was a cut up cockpit section which had been formerly used as a movie prop. This aircraft section was reportedly used as a “stand-in” for a Japanese Betty bomber, for the movie ”A Guy Named Joe”, with Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson. This nose section is believed to be from B-26B 41- 31748. They have remained in storage until October 2016, when purchased by the current owner.
Restoration work started in Dec 2016.
Center fuselage section (bomb bay section):
Reassembly of cut up sections/components in work. Main box beam / wing attach points are in very good condition.
Aft fuselage section:
Aft section was partially crushed on left side either during the war or during recovery.
Missing vertical and left horizontal stabilizer. Both elevators require repairs.
Wings are badly cut up from the recovery, and will require mostly new structure.
Engine cowlings need repairs, as do engine mounts.
Landing gear requires overhaul.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION UPON INSPECTION.