The Martin Mariner didn't get a lot of press. Wikipedia credits ASW Mariners with 10 U-boat kills in the North Atlantic; one of the other pages runs that up to 12. I have found no war stories on the web or in my magazines to date, and no specific descriptions of their service as transports, or even as search-and-rescue planes, though there are lots of mentions of that kind of service.
The September, 1945, issue of Industrial Aviation magazine had a Design Analysis article [ HTML ] credited to the project engineer.
I do have a little bit of supplemental material on the PBM type:
- A full-page ad for Shelby tubing shows a PBM-1 in flight, seen from 9 o'clock high.
- A color photo of a PBM-3 flying over water seen from about 11 o'clock.
- An exploded view of a PBM-3 shows the relationship of the major subassemblies.
- The Air News "Wing Tips" column for May, 1944, includes a photo of a PBM in flight with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background. View is from 10 o'clock.
- "Guesswork to Clockwork" [ HTML ] includes a photo of a PBM-1 flying formation with two PBM-3s.
- "Landing puddles or airports" includes 3 photos of a PBM-3 that landed on a sandbar without damage.
- Not even one rivet popped when Navy's Mariner made sand-dune landing. [ photo ]
- Coming in for a night landing with visibility zero, the Navy pilot of this Martin PBM-3 Mariner overshot the channel, brought the ship to a perfect three-point landing on a sandbar without touching the water. [ photo ]
- None the worse for a dry landing, the service crew attached the Mariner's beaching gear, rolled the ship back in the water. Only damage suffered was paint scraped off bottom of hull, one wing-tip float. [ photo ]
- A photo in the July,1944, Air Tech "Tech Album" shows a PBM-3 with sponson fuel tanks. Plane is on beaching gear, is seen from 2 o'clock.
- A Martin Aircraft ad, "Whenever Navy airmen strike It's Taps for the Japs!," features a drawing of a PBM, seen from 1 o'clock low, climbing away from a burning Shokaku-class carrier.