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Martin B-26E

The B-26E was a B-26B modified by moving the dorsal (top) turret from the aft fuselage forward to just behind the cockpit. The -E model was tested against a standard aircraft in defensive and offensive firepower tests. In a strafing mission, the forward top turret would bring the total firepower to eight .50-cal. machine guns. Although the tests showed the forward turret location to be an improvement, only marginal gains were achieved. Martin engineers along with the Army Air Forces decided the cost and time of converting the production lines was not worth the effort and the basic B-26 was built with the aft positioned dorsal turret throughout the production run.


Number Built/Converted
1 (cv)

B-26B w/ top turret moved forward

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