Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Abandoned Martin Marauder

Farley Mowat.  Canada North.  The Canadian Illustrated Library.
McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1967.
In January 1942, three Martin B26 Marauder bombers made a forced landing in the south-east Yukon, giving their landing location the name "Million Dollar Valley."  Veteran Canadian Airways pilot Russ Baker rescued the 21 stranded crewmen, ironically flying them out in a Junkers.  Most of the valuable equipment (engines, armaments, etc.) was immediately salvaged by the Air Force.  The airframes remained in place until 1972, when they were recovered by a team organised by aviation enthusiast, David Tallichet. All three aircraft are in the process of being restored by various associations.

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