B-26 Marauder 41-34707

Beinn na Feusaige, Wester Ross

 
     
 
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BELOW: Martin B-26 Marauder bomber.

 

martin b-26 marauder bomber

 

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BELOW: A B-26B bomber in flight. "A Kay Pro's Dream".

 

B-26b Marauder in flight

 

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Aircraft Type and Background

 

USAAF Martin B-26C-5-MO Marauder / 41-34707

 


 

Aircraft Type Designation: 179 / B-26 (Medium bomber)

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Widow Maker (due to high casualty rate in early models).

 

 

This aircraft was designed for the USAAF as a medium bomber. It first flew with that Air Force in 1942 in the SW Pacific. However, early models earned a reputation for difficult handling and landing characteristics.

 

Later, the B-26 Marauder operated with the Ninth Air Force from bases in the UK.

 

Depending on the variant, the aircraft could be fitted with two 1,400kW (1,900hp) or two 1491kW (2,000hp) Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800-43 radial engines.

 

The Marauder had a maximum speed of 460kmh (287mph) at 1,500m (5,000ft), and a service ceiling of 6,400m (21,000ft).

 

Armament consisted of two 0.50 gun in the nose, and also in the waist, dorsal and tail turrets. It had a maximum bomb load of 1,814.37kgs (4,000lbs).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

USAAF Martin B-26C Marauder 41-34707 was on a transit flight from the USA via Meeks Field (Keflavík, Iceland) to Prestwick in Scotland.

 

This was a recognised aircraft ferry route, which should have taken the Marauder over Stornoway in the Western Isles. However, for some reason, the aircraft was flying too far East of the prescribed course, and therefore over high ground on the Scottish mainland.

 

As the Marauder continued on its course through mist and rain, it struck the side of Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) in Glen Carron, near Achnasheen [map] on the NW mainland of Scotland.

 

All the airmen died in this accident. The crashed aircraft was destroyed by an ensuing fire.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Five airmen died in this accident. These were:

  • 1st Lt Merritt E Young (26) (O-662715), Pilot, USAAF.
    (Buried, Payne, Paulding County, Ohio, USA.)

  • 2nd Lt Robert A Anderson (O-729949), Bomb Aimer, USAAF.
    (Buried, Madingley Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.)

  • Staff Sgt Vincenzo (Vincent) Bravo (24) (11021367), Flt Engr., USAAF.
    (Buried, Medfield, Massachusetts, USA.)

  • Staff Sgt Marshall R Miller (38111816), Radio Op., USAAF.
    (Buried, Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Texas, USA.)

  • Master Sgt Lewis M Cross (14069227), Gnr., USAAF.
    (Buried, Madingley Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.)

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: The debris field from the USAAF Martin B-26C Marauder that crashed at Beinn na Feusaige in Wester Ross.

 

debris field from usaaf martin marauder 41-34707

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the burnt out wreckage on the hill slope.

 

another view of the main debris on the hill slope

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW (foreground): Part of the airframe wreckage

 

part of the airframe wreckage in the foreground

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 3 Jun 1943

 

Accident Site:

Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) [map]

(Glen Carron)

 

Nearest main road: A890.

 

Region: Highland (Wester Ross)

 

Nearest town or village:

Achnasheen (NE) [map] or Strathcarron (SW) [map].

 

Nearest large town or city:

None in this general area. Nearest available: Inverness (>50 miles E)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Small pieces of debris remain.

 


 

Other air crash site in this vicinity:

 

RAF Avro Lancaster TX264, Beinn Eighe.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: 41-34707

 

Operator: USAAF (445th Bomber Squadron; 322nd Bombardment Group (Medium).

 

Departure Airfield (last): Meeks Field, Keflavík, Iceland.

 

Destination Airport (Intended): RAF Prestwick, Scotland.

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

Accident Specific Links

 

B-26 Marauder 41-30707 at Peak District Air Accident Research.

 

USAAF 41-34707 Martin B-26C-5-MO Marauder.

 

 

USAAF Related Links

332nd Bombardment Group at B-26.com

332nd Bombardment Group at History of War.

445th  Bombardment Squadron at Wikipedia.

 

Martin B-26 Marauder Links

B-26 Marauder variants at B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

B-26 Marauder at Global Aircraft.

B-26G Marauder (different variant) factsheet at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

B-26 Marauder at Pilot Friend.

 

Other Link

North Atlantic Ferry Route (USA / UK).

 

Route Planning Link

Possible route to Beinn na Feusaige at Mountains of Scotland. (With photos of route and B-26 wreckage.)

 

 

 

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