CRASH OF A B-26 MARAUDER
AT IRON RANGE, QLD
ON 30 SEPTEMBER 1942

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On 30 September 1942, B-26 Marauder #40-1403, "Kansas Comet II" ran off the taxi strip into a ditch at Iron Range airfield in northern Queensland due to "personal [sic] failure" (I guess this means "human error"). This aircraft may have also been known as "Bunagoon".  The B-26 actually suffered a brake failure and ran off the end of the runway following landing. It climbed an embankment and the nose gear collapsed.

The rear fuselage and tail of this B-26 were salvaged and grafted onto #40-1532. The resulting hybrid B-26 was also called #40-1532, "Sourpuss". Thus, the ID numbers from the rear of #40-1403 were changed.

There were two B-26's called "Kansas Comet", one being "Kansas Comet", #40-1433 and the other "Kansas Comet II", #40-1403.

 

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I'd like to thank Tom Hall for his assistance with this web page.

 

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