A B-26 Marauder

Title

A B-26 Marauder

Subject

This medium bomber was the most accurate bomber in the Ninth Air Force, but it still required escort from P-47 Thunderbolts

Description

The Martin B-26 Marauder was flown in every Theater of Operations during the war. Although very accurate in bombing, they were vulnerable to enemy aircraft, requiring bomber escorts from P-47s and P-51s. Also, Colonel Joseph Laughlin managed to pester General Otto Weyland to the point that he offered up a B-26 for the 362nd Fighter Group's use; if they could get it running. The grounds crew did and the 362nd F.G. became the envy of every fighter group in the Ninth Air Force as they used the Marauder to get supplies and R & R for the men.

Creator

Glenn L. Martin Company

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

Early 1940s

Files

B26_Museum.JPG
B26_Museum_nose.JPG
B26_Museum_propeller.JPG
Bomber_lower_tail_gun.JPG

Citation

Glenn L. Martin Company, “A B-26 Marauder,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed July 11, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/25.