Re: B-26 at Mareeba

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Posted by REG on April 27, 2003 at 08:01:39:

In Reply to: B-26 at Mareeba posted by Damian Waters on April 25, 2003 at 08:06:01:

Your interest in learning about "Wild Willie" has concerned me enough to do some research.

First of all, the serial number 41-17??? is a number in the series of the B-26-B-1 built for military use. Most of the #41-17--- series of B-26's went to the south pacific combat area for service with the 22nd Bomb Group and the 38th Bomb Group.

. . . Richard

The name "Wild Willie" was used among the first series of B-26's built and is listed as used on B-26 #40-1396. The plane was wrecked on take-off at Savannah, Georgia (USA) on November 11, 1941.

The name "Wild Willie" was used on a B-26 stationed with the 22nd Bomb Group among the "Silver Fleet" Marauders in the Pacific. The pilot assigned to the aircraft was Lt. George E. Sutton. The radio operator was Lt. Col. James W. Grubbs, Jr. now retired of Woodridge, Illinois (USA). A picture is shown in J. K. Havener's book "The Martin B-26 Marauder" on page 78.

I question the picture showing the serial B-26 #40-1396 at Reid River, Australia in March of 1942. If you have said that the serial number you are asking about begins with #41-17???. Are you sure about reading the partial serial number correctly?

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