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Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard) [Kindle Edition]

Martyn Chorlton , Adam Tooby
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Book Description

One of the most underrated medium bombers of the Second World War, the Martin B-26 Marauder never fully managed to shake off an underserved early reputation as a dangerous aircraft to fly. Admittedly, in inexperienced hands, the B-26 could be tricky to fly, but once mastered, proved to be one of the best in its class.

The aircraft incorporated a host of both revolutionary design methods and construction techniques, never before attempted amongst American aircraft manufacturers. Peyton M. Magruder's design had its roots in a USAAC proposal dating back to March 1939 calling for a twin-engined medium bomber capable of reaching 350 mph with a 2,000lb bomb load up to a range of 3,000 miles. Deemed superior to all other designs on the table at the time, almost a 1,000 had been ordered before the aircraft first took to the air November 1940.

From late 1941 the first B-26s became operational in the Pacific, followed by the Mediterranean, but it is in the European theatre that the type was most prolific. Initially serving with the 8th Air Force, the type was 'discarded' to the 9th Air Force with whom it served with great distinction for the remainder of the war. It was particularly during the Normandy Landings and later the advance beyond 'the bulge' into Germany, were the B-26s medium level tactical ability shone through.
The Marauder also served with the RAF, SAAF and Free French Air Force in the Mediterranean and also as part of the little credited Balkan Air Force in support of Tito's Partisans in Yugoslavia.

Sadly the B-26 was unfairly treated at the beginning of its career and even more so at the end as many of the 5,200+ aircraft built were scrapped only days after the end of the war. A great aircraft in many respects the B-26 deserves to be in a better place.

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About the Author

Martyn Chorlton was born in the north Cambridgeshire fens during the late 1960s, joining the RAF as an Air Photographer in 1984. After tours in Germany and Northern Ireland, his service came to an end in 1997 and, a few years later, cut his writing teeth on an Airfield Focus. To date he has 14 published books under his belt. In 2004 he launched Old Forge Publishing, which has now produced another 17 books. That same year he also began freelancing for the aviation magazine fraternity and has continued this ever since. Currently, Martyn is a regular contributor to Aeroplane Monthly, Jets, Airfix and Aviation Classics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2263 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0O7KJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for modelers and air headed historians too! September 30, 2013
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The Ospery series of these books follows a formula for success. Tell the historic story accurately and without excess verbage and give the reader great illustrations that have not seen over publication in other volumes. I can't say it much better than that, except the original color artworks in these publications are worth the cost of the ticket to ride!
If the Martin B-26 Marauder series is your interest, this book won't disappoint you unless you're seeking a detailed history of the units and aircraft throughout the Army Air Forces. That will require hundreds of pages and photos beyond the intended scope of these booklets. I give it five out of five.
The book arrived well wrapped and was delivered in a short time after placing my order. What more can the reader/buyer hope for? You won't be disappointed if you're looking for information on the "One A Day inTampa Bay"/"Widow Maker"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars B-26 Marauder book September 8, 2013
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This book was excellent, full of lots of information on the Martin B-26 Marauder and many never seen before photos. s Shipping ervice was fast and item was received in good condition. I would definitely use seller again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! September 17, 2013
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Nicely put together. I build models and use books like this to do a certain plane or get ideas and this book is loaded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice general overview December 31, 2013
By Ron O
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This book provides a basic overview of the B-26. As it is only 59 pages of text and pics, there isn't a whole lot of detail. It is however, well written and informative within that limitation. The pics are also nice, some I have not seen before. An Uncle won a DFC with the 320th BG as a Bomb/Nav, so the Marauder has always been an aircraft of interest for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great History Of B-26 October 15, 2013
By Jim
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Since I grew up near Middle River Martin Plant, I could really relate to the history of the B-26.

Anyone who has an interest in airplanes should read and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read July 18, 2014
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Well written expose of the USAF medium bomber, the B-26 Marauder. The author sets the record straight about a much maligned aircraft. The B-26 went from the drawing board to combat with out a prototype and suffered the consequences. Once trial and error and the loss of many good men was put aside, the B-26 shows her metal and becomes a reliable and courageous workhorse for the American taxpayer. Only armchair Generals are to continue to malign this magnificent machine.
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