This aircraft saw combat in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, during World War II. She was assigned to the 28th Composite Group, 73rd Bomb Squadron, and took part in bombing missions over Dutch Harbor, during the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians in June of 1942.
Ironically, this aircraft was nicknamed “Basket Case”. She flew a few more patrols, searching for Japanese transports and warships, until August 16, 1942. On returning from a patrol mission she skidded off of the runway at Naknek Airfield, due to bad weather.
This aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair at that time, and was stripped for parts, and abandoned. This is a viable restoration project capable of being returned to flight.