CRASH OF A B-26 MARAUDER
PILOTED BY BOB THOMPSON
OF 19TH SQUADRON

22ND BOMBARDMENT GROUP
BASED AT WOODSTOCK, QLD

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Subject:    Interested in home page
Date:             Thu, 1 Apr 1999 16:49:26 EST
From:            BOMBGP22@aol.com

How do I locate your home page? I was a pilot in the 19th Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group.I flew out of Woodstock until Nov. 1942 when we moved to Iron Range.  From there we went back to Woodstock and then to Dobodura, New Guinea in 1943. I returned to the States in December 1943. I can't tell you much about crashes in the Townsville area except I landed at the main base in Townsville without a nose gear in about Jan. 1943 in a B-26 Martin Marauder. Not much damage and no injuries.

Please let me hear from you.

Bob Thompson

 

UPDATE
It's possible that this was B-26 Marauder #40-1429, "Arkansas Traveller", whose nose wheel collapsed on landing on 10 February 1943. 

Um! But then again - the 22nd Bombardment Group Home Page shows #40-1429, "Arkansas Traveller" being destroyed on the ground by enemy action at Port Moresby on 24 April 1942. But hang on - there was an "Arkansas Traveller II".

 

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