- 400 pages
- 200 color and b/w photos, aircraft profiles
- 7" wide x 10" tall
Crouchman. Battling flak and enemy fighters over the skies of Europe during World War II, the US Army Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder bomber named "Flak-Bait" completed a remarkable 201 combat missions, a feat that made it the highest mission scorer of any Allied medium or heavy bomber. For many years the author has held a special interest in the B-26, and especially those of the 387th Bomb Group. It was during his first visit to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, over 20 years ago, where "Flak-Bait's" nose section was on display, that he became interested in what the aircraft had achieved during her illustrious career. Using official World War II-era records, the author has produced a mission-by-mission history of Flak-Bait in combat, including crew lists, flight routes, and firsthand reports from the postmission debriefs. A special photo section features the current restoration display of "Flak-Bait" at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center in Washington, DC. Correcting previously held perceptions about the aircraft and its missions, this is the most definitive account of any single World War II aircraft's combat career ever published.