Date & Time: Sep 26, 1942 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Martin B-26 Marauder
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Papua New Guinea
Crew on board:
During the take off run, crew mistakenly retracted the landing gear while the aircraft was still on the ground. Aircraft skidded on runway and came to rest. All occupants survived but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Poor crew coordination and misfollowing of take off procedures.