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The Martin Maradeur Mk II

The Martin Maradeur Mk II

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The Martin Maradeur Mk II

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Oct 13, 2019
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9791096490554
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In March 1941 the Lend-Lease agreement was approved by Congress and this breathed new life into the Commonwealth war effort. The RAF was able to study new types and the Martin Marauder was chosen to serve in the Middle East. After a first batch of Marauder Mk Is (see SQUADRONS! 13), a batch of Marauder Mk IIs (B-26C) followed. If the Marauder Mk I was used for anti-shipping ops, the Marauder Mk II would be mainly used as a conventional medium bomber in 1944. Two South African squadrons, 12 and 24, became the major Marauder Mk II operators generating a close link between the SAAF and the type but also with Belgium as some Belgian aircrew served with 12 and 24 Squadrons SAAF in 1944. The operational usage of the Marauder Mk II is here fully described in about 30 pages. Six colour profiles are also included.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Oct 13, 2019
ISBN:
9791096490554
Format:
Livre

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Phil Listemann is an author and World War 2 aviation specialist.


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The Martin Maradeur Mk II - Phil H. Listemann

SQUADRONS!

NO. 35

T

HE

M

ARTIN

M

ARAUDER

M

K

. II

P

HIL

H. LISTEMANN

ISBN: 979-1096490-55-4

eISBN: 979-1-096490-55-4

Mobi ISBN: 979-1-096490-55-4

Copyright

© 2019 Philedition Phil Listemann

www.RAF-in-Combat.com

Colour profiles: Gaetan Marie/Bravo Bravo Aviation

All right reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the author.

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LOSSARY OF

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ERMS

P

ERSONEL

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AUS

)/RAF: Australian serving in the RAF

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BEL

)/RAF: Belgian serving in the RAF

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CAN

)/RAF: Canadian serving in the RAF

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CZ

)/RAF: Czechoslovak serving in the RAF

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NFL

)/RAF: Newfoundlander serving in the RAF

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NL

)/RAF: Dutch serving in the RAF

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NZ

)/RAF: New Zealander serving in the RAF

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POL

)/RAF: Pole serving in the RAF

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RHO

)/RAF: Rhodesian serving in the RAF

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SA

)/RAF: South African serving in the RAF

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US

)/RAF - RCAF : American serving in the RAF or RCAF

R

ANKS

G/C : Group Captain

W/C : Wing Commander

S/L : Squadron Leader

F/L : Flight Lieutenant

F/O : Flying Officer

P/O : Pilot Officer

W/O : Warrant Officer

F/Sgt : Flight Sergeant

Sgt : Sergeant

Cpl : Corporal

LAC : Leading Aircraftman

O

THER

ATA: Air Transport Auxiliary

CO : Commander

DFC : Distinguished Flying Cross

DFM : Distinguished Flying Medal

DSO : Distinguished Service Order

Eva. : Evaded

ORB : Operational Record Book

OTU : Operational Training Unit

PoW : Prisoner of War

PAF: Polish Air Force

RAF : Royal Air Force

RAAF : Royal Australian Air Force

RCAF : Royal Canadian Air Force

RNZAF : Royal New Zealand Air Force

SAAF : South African Air Force

s/d: Shot down

Sqn : Squadron

† : Killed

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M

ARTIN

M

ARAUDER

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II

By end of 1940 the United Kingdom, and its overseas dominions, was alone in fighting against Germany. Manufacturers around the Commonwealth were fully occupied in producing British aircraft for the war, but there were nowhere near enough of them. The only alternative was to look for aircraft in the United States, so the British Purchasing Commission in Washington was allowed to buy almost anything it wanted. At the beginning of the autumn of 1940 the RAF showed a great interest in the Martin Marauder as a medium bomber. The RAF’s strategy was to attack Germany by night and industrial efforts were directed to producing medium and heavy bombers for this purpose. However, aircraft were still needed for daylight raids and, to fulfill that role, two types were in use at the time. These were the Bristol Blenheim, which was approaching the end of its operational career, and the Douglas Boston (called the havoc in the USA), for which a successor had also to be found.

In March 1941 the Lend-Lease agreement was approved by Congress and this breathed new life into the Commonwealth war effort. New types were studied and an agreement was signed on 9 April 1941 for 500 aircraft to be built for the RAF under Requisition BSC-150. These machines were allocated RAF serial

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