Martin B-26 “Marauder”

Aircraft Background

The Marauder, a medium-range bomber, posted the lowest loss rate, about 1%, of USAAF combat planes during World War II. The B-26 was used most effectively for bombing raids on railroad depots, bridges, and airfields, and it developed an excellent reputation as a dam buster

Our Aircraft’s History

MAPS B-26, the 99th Marauder built, crash landed in British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 1942, five weeks and five days after Pearl Harbor was bombed. Efforts are being made by several members of the MAPS Air Museum to restore it to flying condition. A book about the crash landing, including a personal account by co-pilot Lt. Howard Smiley, is available in the MAPS gift shop. Out of the Wilderness: Restoring a Relic was written by Lee B. Morrison of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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