B-26 Marauder Units of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces

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B-26 Marauder Units of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces

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The medium bomber 'workhorse' of the Ninth Air Force, Martin's much-maligned B-26 Marauder recovered from its poor start with the Eighth Air Force to go on and equip no less than eight bomber groups in the ETO. Although initially dubbed 'the widow maker', a change of tactics from low- to medium-level bombing for the Marauder soon improved the crews' chances of survival – indeed, by war's end it boasted a lower loss-per-sortie ratio than any other twin-engined bomber in the USAAF. This volume covers all aspects of Marauder operations in Western Europe during World War II (1939-1945), featuring first hand accounts from surviving B-26 crews, plus an analysis of the tactics employed.

Table of Contents

Author's Introduction/A Phoenix Rising/Honing the Technique/The New Ninth/D-Day to the Ardennes/Battle of the bulge/Deadly Adversaries/Appendices

Product details

Published May 15 1997
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 100
ISBN 9781855326378
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 100 b/w; 40 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 2
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Tom Tullis

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