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Martin B-26G Marauder

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin B-26G Marauder in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder cockpit in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder cockpit in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder copilot position in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder copilot position in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder pilot position in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder pilot position in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view of the bomb bay at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder interior view of the bomb bay at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Bombardier position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Bombardier position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Bombardier position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Bombardier position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Norden bomb sight at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder Norden bomb sight at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder waist gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder tail gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder tail gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder tail gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder tail gun position at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder package guns at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Martin B-26G Marauder package guns at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


Although the Marauder did not make its first flight until Nov. 25, 1940, its design showed such promise that the Air Corps ordered 1,131 B-26s in September 1940. The B-26 began flying combat missions in the Southwest Pacific in the spring of 1942, but most were subsequently assigned to Europe and the Mediterranean.

Bombing from medium altitudes of 10,000 to 15,000 feet, the Marauder had the lowest loss rate of any Allied bomber -- less than one-half of one percent. U.S., British, Free French, Australian, South African and Canadian aircrews all flew the B-26 in combat. By the end of World War II, B-26 crews had flown more than 110,000 sorties and had dropped 150,000 tons of bombs.

In 1945, when B-26 production was halted, 5,266 had been built. The Marauder on display was flown in combat by the Free French during the final months of WWII. It was obtained from the Air France airline's training school near Paris in June 1965. It is painted as a 9th Air Force B-26B assigned to the 387th Bomb Group in 1945.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: 11.50-cal. machine guns; 4,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800s of 2,000 hp each
Maximum speed: 285 mph
Cruising speed: 190 mph
Range: 1,100 miles
Ceiling: 19,800 ft.
Span: 71 ft.
Length: 58 ft. 6 in.
Height: 20 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 37,000 lbs. loaded 
Serial number: 43-34581


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