B-26 Marauder “Flak Bait” restoration

Flak Bait (U-H 2015) 2759

I had an opportunity to photograph the restoration work being done to the very special B-26 “Flak Bait” at the Udvar-Hazy facility during our trip to Washington DC for the 447th BG reunion. I had seen the nose section displayed in the downtown NASM many years ago when we lived in Virginia, but the team is now restoring the famous B-26 for complete display in the future.

Of special note are the actual invasion stripes underneath the wings. Following D-Day, the temporary markings were removed from most of the Allied planes. The accepted theory is that the stripes were removed from the upper surfaces where it was easy to access, but not on the lower surfaces where it would have required considerable effort to clean the high wing.


Flak Bait preservation at Udvar-Hazy; 2015