Aircraft Background:
The Marauder, a medium-range bomber, posted the lowest loss rate, about 1%, of USAAF combat planes during World War II. The B-26 was used most effectively for bombing raids on railroad depots, bridges, and airfields, and it developed an excellent reputation as a dam buster
Our Aircraft's History:
MAPS B-26, the 99th Marauder built, crash landed in British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 1942, five weeks and five days after Pearl Harbor was bombed. Efforts are being made by several members of the MAPS Air Museum to restore it to flying condition. A book about the crash landing, including a personal account by co-pilot Lt. Howard Smiley, is available in the MAPS gift shop. Out of the Wilderness: Restoring a Relic was written by Lee B. Morrison of New Philadelphia, Ohio.
65 ft
Length: 56 ft
Height: 19 ft 10 in
Weight: 21,735 lbs empty, 32,000 lbs max
Armament: 6,000 lbs of bombs, up to six .50 cal. machine guns.
Wing Area: 602 sq ft
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-5 radial engines of 1,850 hp each.
Crew: Seven

Maximum speed: 315 mph at 15,000 ft
Cruising speed: 265 mph
Range: 2,200 miles
Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft.
Rate of Climb: 1,200 fpm

Crew Chief: Dave Pawski

NEW!  http://www.b26.com/page/my_trip_to_the_marauder_archives.htm
Michael Smith has posted a wonderful travelogue about his visit to the University of Akron's Marauder Archives on this www.B26.com website