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B-26's ...

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:25 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:32 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:44 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:01 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:14 pm

NICE! i want a flyer!

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:28 pm

Mark Allen M wrote:Part 1 of 6

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B-26 in Adak Alaska 1942

I never knew B-26's carried torpedoes.

Mark Allen M wrote:Image
Navy B-26 4-J-56

I never knew the navy operated B-26s.

Mark Allen M wrote:This may be a plane named "Who Cares" (s/n 42-96323).

Oh, the irony! :lol:

Mark Allen M wrote:Part 3 of 6
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386th Bomb Group Martin B-26 Marauder

I never knew they had a gun position in the bottom of the aft fuselage. That is a gun position, correct?

Come to think of it, I never knew a lot about the B-26 at all. I do know of their high speed and high accident rate though.

12XU2A3X3 wrote:NICE! i want a flyer!

If you can find someone crazy enough to fly it! :wink:

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:53 pm

The picture of Willie the Wolf reminded me of a gentleman named Art Kramer who used to post on Rec.Aviation.Military and who served as bombadier on that aircraft. He had some interesting stories to share...

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:17 pm

Torpedos were used by Martin B-26s with very little success. Two B-26s of the 22nd Bomb Group and two B-26s of the 38th Bomb Group were prepared to carry torpedos in the days before the Battle of Midway, and were stationed there during the battle. There is a great article in July 2005 issue of Aviation History magazine about their torpedo attack that includes an interview of Lt. Col. James P. Muri, pilot of the B-26 that attacked the carrier Akagi. Famous for flying down the length of the deck of the carrier in his successful low level getaway. All torpedos missed their targets and two B-26s were lost during the attack. Mr. Muri is still with us, as far as I know.

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:38 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:45 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:10 pm

Mark, great photos!
Thank you for posting.
John Hess

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Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:40 am

The pic of the B-26s on the ramp is likely taken at Middle River or Langley Field. In 1941 there was a shortage of Curtiss Electric propellers. When the planes were completed, they were flown to Langley Field. The propellers were removed, put on a specially designed trailer, and towed back to Middle River to be put on the next B-26 to be flown down...note the B-26s without propellers in the picture.

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Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:57 pm

My favorite medium bomber of the war!

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Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:43 pm

Those are great! The Maurader is one good looking plane when it takes to the skies in my humble opinion. Its too bad there are so few of them around today and the one combat vet isn't even together in one piece!

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Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:00 pm

TriangleP wrote:Famous for flying down the length of the deck of the carrier in his successful low level getaway.

Now that you mention it, I vaguely remember hearing that someone did that somewhere. I have to wonder how Mr. Muri was able to get any airplane into the air with all that extra weight he must have had between his legs. :wink: I didn't know it was a B-26 though. Thanks for the info.

Mark Allen M wrote:Part 5 of 6
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"Perkatory" YM-Q
B-26B-15-MA Marauder
s/n 41-31627
555th BS, 386th BG, 9th AF
Destroyed when a German Ju 88 crashed on it on March 22,1944.

Did this occur while the B-26 was on the ground?

That's some interesting lettering on the 42nd BW photos (Part 6 of 6), are they from some sort of squadron history book or something?
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