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History of the B-26 Martin Marauder

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B-26 Martin Marauder

The B-26 Martin Marauder was a twin engine bomber in World War II. Almost 5,300 B-26's were produced for the war between the years of 1941 and 1945 by the Glen L. Martin Company. Each B-26 Martin Marauder cost a little over 100,000 dollars to build.

The B-26 Martin Marauder began its service, for the US in the Pacific theater in 1942. The B-26 Martin Marauder was deployed to Australia and some were sent to Midway. Later in 1943 they began service in the Mediterranean and European theaters. They proved very effective at bombing targets at altitudes above 10,000 feet and well below 20,000 feet. The B-26 Marauder's were also used on D-day.

The B-26 Martin Marauder was powered by two, Pratt and Whitney R-2800 radial engines and had a maximum speed of 287 mph. The B-26 Martin Marauder had a service ceiling of 21,000 feet and a range of 1,150 miles.The B-26 was armed with twelve .50 caliber Browning machine guns and could carry around 4,000 lbs of bombs.

The B-26 can be identified easily by the very pointed-like glass nose, as compared to other aircraft. Because of the design features of the B-26, some pilots claimed it was difficult to fly, especially when landing because the B-26 required a faster landing speed than comparable aircraft. Lesser trained pilots were known to have accidents while landing, and other difficulties, although the B-26's record at the end of the war was said to have suffered the least amount of losses than any other bomber for the U.S.

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James Maher on February 16, 2020:

My father, Herbert Maher, was rigger for "W for William", B26 Maurader, of 30 Sqn, 3 Wing, SAAF based at Jesi -1944/45.

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samuel.danner@yahoo.com on February 27, 2019:

My Dad would be 101, congrats to Jack Millin age 95. Dad's name was Sgt.David D.Danner a Radio Operator and waist Gunner. Dad was on a run in Africa when He was shot down. He made it out of the shot plane but not all. He always told me that if he was single He would take up parachuting as it was a calm feeling. God bless all of you men.

Jack Millin on August 13, 2018:

I was a Wop /AG in the RAF In a SAAF 12 SQDN B26 flying in Italy part of Desert Airforce in 1945 wth 5 SAAF air crew based at Jesi north Italy for 20 Operations

Now aged 94

George Michel on June 03, 2018:

A cousin by the name of Ted Michel flew these out of Pusan Korea.. Being a 1st Cousin just out of Infantry duty, I visited him for a day in early 1952. White sheets on his bed!!!! He was nice to his Corporal who sleeps in a hole in the ground !!! Nice friendships thou!

George Michel st Paul, MN

CARL J VERBANAC 1st Lt. on May 19, 2016:

The B26 was a terrific ship I enjoyed flying in it.

I was a Bombadier Navivgator Trained at Barksdale Field , Louisiana,Assigned to the 319 BG 440 BSQD. on Cosica 1944

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