B-26 Marauder at NMUSAF

First flown in November 1940, Martin’s B-26 appeared as US entry into World War II was nearing, and indeed, the US Army Air Corps had ordered over a thousand examples before the type had even flown.

B-26 Marauder bomber at NMUSAF


The B-26G on display at NMUSAF is a combat veteran that served with the Free French in the last stages of the war in Europe, and is displayed as a USAAF B-26B of the 387th Bomb Group.

B-26 Further Reading

  • Martin ad, with art depicting a B-26 from underneath   Aviation  February 1941 Structural sketch, from aft, of a B-26 main gear   Aviation  September 1944  p.183
  • Ad for Curtiss Electric propellers, with a color B-26 image   Aviation  May 1941
  • Photo: closeup of a Westinghouse 19B turbojet fitted on a B-26   Aviation News  July 22, 1946  p.31
  • “How To Make B-26 a Luxury Ship”   Aviation Week  May 11, 1953 includes images of VIP interior
  • Photo : Marauder N3E  Air Classics  May 1974  p.76
  • Marauder: Mr. Martin’s Mean Machine”   Air International  January 1988  Includes an in-flight shot of the first aircraft, B-26C cutaway diagram, and a B-26B-2 3-view.
  • Ivor Ramsden  Review of the 1/72 Marauder Mk.IA kit from Valom   Scale Aviation Modeller  August 2008  p.734
  • David Doyle   “The Martin B-26”  Includes a color profile of the first Marauder   AIR Modeller  Oct/Nov 2010
  • David Pawski  “Magnificent Marauder”   Warbirds International  October/November 2014  MAPS Air Museum B-26 restoration

David Donald, editor  American Airplanes of World War II  p.178-181: B-26C cutaway, color profile of a B-26G in night intruder scheme


Review: “Nose Art: An Illustrated History from World War 1 to the Present”

B-26 model

“American Secret Projects: Fighters, Bombers, and Attack Aircraft, 1937-1945” a review