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Martin B-26FThe B-26F was an improved version of the B-26B-55-MA. The most significant change for the -F model design was the 3.5 degree increase in the wing's angle of incidence--the wing and engines were tilted slightly up in order to improve take off, landing and low speed performance. Other changes made included the removal of the fixed .50-cal. machine gun in the nose, an improved tail turret with increased armor and ammunition for the gunner, and slightly increased fuel capacity.

The RAF received 200 -F models (S/N 42-96329 to 42-96528) as Marauder III.

The B-26F was manufactured exclusively in Martin's Baltimore plant after the Omaha plant converted to B-29 assembly. The first aircraft was delivered in early February 1944.



Number Built/Converted

Improved B-26B-55-MA
  • Serial numbers: 42-96229 to 42-96528
  • Two hundred -F models delivered to the RAF as Marauder III (HD 402 to HD 601)

Span: 71 ft. 0 in.
Length: 56 ft. 1 in.
Height: 20 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 38,000 lbs. (max.)
Armament: Eleven .50-cal. machine guns plus 5,200 lbs. of bombs (max. overload)
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 "Double Wasp" radials of 2,000 hp. each (take-off power)
Crew: 7

Maximum speed: 277 mph at 10,000 ft.
Cruising speed: 225 mph.
Range: 1,300 miles w/ 3,000 lbs. bomb load
Service Ceiling: 20,000 ft.

    Martin B-26F Photo Gallery
  • 3/4 front view - B-26F-1-MA S/N 42-96230, the second -F model built. (2-21-44)
  • Side view - B-26F-1-MA S/N 42-96234, the sixth -F model built. Photo taken 2-8-46, note the top turret has been removed.
  • Side view - same aircraft as previous (2-8-46)
  • Landing - same aircraft as previous (2-4-46)
  • Formation - 397th Bomb Group, 599th Bomb Squadron. 4 closest aircraft are (front to back): B-26F-1-MA S/N 42-96283 (6B-Y), B-26B-55-MA S/N 42-96192 (6B-K), B-26B-55-MA S/N 42-96176 (6B-O), B-26F-1-MA S/N 42-96289
  • In flight - at bomb release B-26F-1-MA S/N 42-963?? of the 397th Bomb Group

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