The Martin B-26, early on called the Martian but later standardized on the British usage, Marauder, was a hot medium bomber that had a bad early reputation. In action, though, it was exemplary.
"The Martin Marauder B-26" [ HTML ] describes important design details of the plane.
- The "Have You Seen?" section for April, 1941, shows tail-gun mountings for B-19 and B-26. These are reported as the first tail gun installations on American planes.
- Air Tech's "Shop Talk" column for July, 1944, includes a news clip, "Intricacies of Marauder Landing Gear" [ HTML ] describes the development and action of the B-26 main landing gear.
- "Medium Bomber Bailout" [ HTML ] presented the information for bailing out of B-25 or B-26 bombers:
- "Hit and run" [ HTML ] goes into Marauder strikes and joint Havoc-Marauder raids out of England.
- A Martin Aircraft ad, "Background for Bombardment", features a Duotone painting of "A Rising Curve of History", a series of Martin-built planes from 1909 through to 1941 (B-26).
- An ad from Mu-Switch Corp, "Fire Power Insurance
for the Martin B-26 Bomber shows an early-series B-26 from almost directly below, flaps and gear down.
- A Solar Aircraft (exhaust systems) ad, "Martin B-26 Bomber Equipped with Solar Exhaust Systems', shows a B-26 from 8 o'clock.
- A Martin ad, "Pioneering in Plastics", shows a B-26 nose, emphasizing the all-plastic nose.
The ad also includes a photo of "this commercial version of the MB-2" with glassed-in nose (using cellulosic plastic.) According to all the identfying-feature notes on the Internet, this should be an MB-1 engines are mounted between wings, instead of on the lower wing as on the MB-2.
None of the online articles on MB-1 or MB-2 mention a civilian version of either plane.
- The Aviation color front cover for August, 1942, was a Pratt & Whitney ad, "B-26s Speed to the kill!", featuring a color painting of b-26s making a torpedo attack on a Japanese carrier. Foreground plane is seen from 4 o'clock low.
- A Taylor Fiber Co ad shows a B-26 from 8 o'clock high and a detail photo of a trim tab.
- A two-page Martin Aircraft ad, "Over 2,000 Martin Inspectors Can't be Wrong!", shows a painting of a B-26 being bombed-up (viewpoint of 1 o'clock) and 5 detail photos of various inspection processes.
- A Roller Bearing Co ad, "Martin uses RBC", shows an early-series B-26 from 8 o'clock high.
- A Pesco (air pump) ad, "Performance Controls the Air", features a color painting of B-26s attacking a Japanese airbase. Foreground plane is seen from 5 o'clock low.
- A BF Goodrich ad, "Airplane of the month Martin B-26", is a color painting of B-26s with bomb bay doors open. Viewpoint is 1 o'clock low.
- The Aviation color front cover for June, 1943, is a Pratt & Whitney ad, "Marauders on the Rampage", shows a color painting of a B-26 strafing German positions. Viewpoint is 1 o'clock.
- A Joyce Aviation (parachute hardware) ad, "Open for business (We deliver)", features a color painting of B-26s with bomb bay doors open and dropping bombs. View is from 11 o-clock low.
This does not seem to be an accurate depiction of the B-26 bomb bay doors.
The B-26 had two bomb bays. The bay doors on the front bay folded in a clamshell fashion so that the open doors were parallel to the wing; the aft bay doors opened conventionally. One source says that with the B-26B the aft bay was replaced with fuel tanks for improved range, but bomb bay tanks were always an option, anyway.
- A news clip photo shows B-26B-3 117962 from 10 o'clock low. Photo shows several of the machine guns and what appear to be torpedo mounting fixtures on the underside of the fuselage.
- An Amphenol (electrical connectors) ad, "This battered bomber came back because Electrical Connectors could 'take it'", shows B-26B 117747 with battle damage from 7 o'clock.
- A Martin Aircraft ad, "400,000 Rivets hold Martin Marauders together even whn shot up like this one flying home over Tunisia", is another copy of the photo of B-26B 117747 with battle damage, showing a bit more detail.
- A Martin Aircraft ad, "They're Writing Headlines with a Martin Marauder", has a painting of a B-26 dropping bombs, viewed from 10 o'clock high, five military personnel and thumbnail drawings of a Baltimore and transport and patrol versions of the PBM Mariner.
- A news clip photo, "After 33 hr ground familiarization with Marauder parts and instruments, plus more hours of takeoffs, landings, and avigation, students take ship on cross-country flights. 'Boot Hill' (seen in name of this plane) is cowboy lingo for 'cemetery.'", shows B-26C-5_MO 134804 Boot Hill Dust Storm from 2 o'clock high.
- A color Gallery photo, "World's fastest medium bomber is the Martin Marauder. Note turret under fuselage.". shows B-26B 117756 in camouflage seen from 10 o'clock high.
What is refered to as "turret under fuselage" is probably one of the cheek package guns.
- "Twin fifties protect the tail of the Marauder" is a color detail photo of tail gun station of a B-26B. View is from the left. Plane is in OD over gray camouflage.
This photo shows that the B-26 was not made with flush-head rivets.
- A Duotone Gallery photo, "Marauders", shows several B-26s on hardstand, seen from under the inner wing of another. Views are from 12 o'clock, 1 o'clock.
- A Rodic Rubber Corp (hoses and seals) ad, "If your problem is sealing
", shows B-26B-2 117876 from 11 o;clock and an inset of the front of an R-2800-43 engine.
- A news clip photo, "In B-26 tail turret student gunner takes sample aim before taking off for practice flight.", shows the tail gunner's station of a B-26A or early B-26B upright gunner position, single .50-caliber gun. The acrylic bubble appears to be off the plane for this photo.
- A Federal Bearings ad shows B-26B-2 117876 from 8 o'clock high.
- A news clip, "Intricacies of Marauder Landing Gear" [ HTML ] includes a photo of the right main landing gear of a Marauder.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail" for September, 1944, has a detail drawing of the Main landing gear fairing and landing gear structure.
- "How To Bail Out of the Marauder" is a color cutaway drawing showing the escape routes for B-26 crew members.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail" for February, 1945, is a labeled cutaway of a B-26G.
- A photo from the "Production Ideas" column in Industrial Aviation for February, 1945, shows a workman alongside the lefthand nacelle of a B-26 with covers off.
- A Reynolds Aluminum ad, "How Up-To-Date are you on Aluminum?", insludes a photo of the interior structure of a B-26 bomb bay.
From the apparent length, it would seem to be the forward bomb bay.
- A color Gallery photo, "Ninth Air Force armorers prepare a Martin Marauder for a bombing mission." shows a B-26 in bare metal with Invasion Stripes looking down along the right side of the fuselage from in front of the right engine.
This photo shows the front bomb bay doors to good effect It also gives good detail of tire treads.