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Photo: Robert Deering 1991
Midland Intrernational Airport

Midland, Texas
Photo: Robert Deering 1985
National Museum of the USAF
Dayton, Ohio

Photo: Robert Deering 10/18/2012
National Museum of the USAF
Dayton, Ohio
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.

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

National Museum of the United States Air Force