FLAK MAGNETS

Warren E Thompson talked to B-26 Marauder crews about their exploits from North Africa to Germany

WORLD WAR TWO MARTIN MARAUDER

A string of 500-pounders, unleashed by the 441st Bomb Squadron, hitting the Siegfried Line in southern Germany. CHARLES O’MAHONY
A crew awaiting their next mission at an airfield on Sardinia. Lt Sylvester ‘Red’ Goeke (centre) was killed on a raid over Heidelberg soon after this was taken. JOE KINGSBURY

When the Martin Marauder first entered service, it became known as the ‘Widowmaker’ because of its high accident rate. On take-off and landing, the B-26 was challenging, especially for fresh-from-flight school crews.

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