Aircraft - B-26 Marauder (U.S.A.)
B-26 Marauder on the ground.
During WWII, the B-26
Marauder had the lowest loss rate of any allied
bomber. By the end of WW II, it had flown
more than 110,000 sorties and had dropped
150,000 tons of bombs, and had been used in
combat by British, Free French, Australian,
South African and Canadian forces in addition to
U.S. units. In 1945 when B-26 production was
halted, 5,266 had been built.
The WADC used these planes
B-26 Marauder after dropping it's bomb load.
Specifications of the B-26 Marauder
Powerplant - Two
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-5 Double Wasp air cooled
radial engines, rated at 1850 hp each.
Maximum speed 315 mph at 15,000 feet. Cruising
speed 265 mph. An altitude of 15,000 feet could
be attained in 12.5 minutes. Service ceiling
25,000 feet. Range was 1000 miles at 265 mph
with a 3000-pound bomb load.
Weight - 21,375
pounds empty, 32,025 pounds gross.
Wingspan 65 feet 0 inches, length 56 feet 0
inches, height 19 feet 10 inches, wing area 602
Armament - One
flexible 0.30-inch machine gun installed in the
tip of a transparent nose cone and operated by
the bombardier. Two 0.50-inch machine guns in a
Martin-designed dorsal turret located behind the
bomb bay just ahead of the tail. One 0.30-inch
flexible machine gun was installed in a tunnel
position in the lower rear fuselage. One
flexible 0.50-inch machine installed in a tail
position. The maximum bomb load was 5800 pounds.