The Martin B-26 Marauder, a sturdy twin-engine bomber that soared through the skies of World War II, holds a unique place in history.

Despite facing initial skepticism due to a few early accidents, the B-26 rose to become a highly successful aircraft, boasting the lowest loss rate of any Allied bomber.

But one B-26, christened with the evocative nickname “Flak-Bait,” carves out an even more remarkable story due to its extraordinary resilience and unwavering spirit.

From Drawing Board to Battlefield

The B-26’s journey began in 1939 when the Glenn L. Martin Company secured a contract from the US Army Air Corps (USAAC) to design a medium-range bomber.