Did any Marauderman avoid flying in the plane or know somebody who did?
Does anybody have verifiable source information as to when the terms "Widow Maker", "Martin Murderer", "Flying Coffin", "B-Dash-Crash", "Flying Prostitute", "Baltimore Whore" were first applied to Martin B26? Possibly the terms were first used by crews in a bar on the base, perhaps one of those guys may have written a letter home telling parents or siblings the new "joke"? Possibly the source of those terms was taken from a newspaper article or headline, possibly one crewman cut out the article and sent it home? Possibly the source was a competitor of Glenn Martin and "leaked" to the press?
If you have a letter or first hand account from a Marauderman that contains anything helpful to answer the questions, please send a copy to the site. If you have a newspaper clipping from the 1940s which contains any information please send a copy to the site.
An example of a B-26 myth is the claim that Senator Harry S. Truman, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Senate to Investigate the National Defense Program (March 1941 to August 1944) visited Avon Park bombing range and found two newly crashed and "smoldering" Marauders. This is from a respected aviation author who does not give a source for his information. Does anyone have any pictures or newspaper articles showing the Senator's, any committee members' or any committee investigators' visit to Avon Park? No reference, pictures or articles have been found at the archives in MacDill and Maxwell USAF Bases, the Truman Library or Tampa Bay Tribune.
This website is documented by peer review - the evaluation of a scholarly or creative work by other people in the field to ensure it meets specific (quality) criteria. Verifiable evidence from multiple sources, not gossip and rumors, help tell the Marauderman story.
Send your questions, comments, suggestions and material to a panel of Martin B-26 historians for review - email: info <at> b26 <dot> com
What we don't want or need are book citations with no verifiable sources.
As usual, all first hand Marauderman stories are welcomed.
|Some aviation authors have used the Truman Report as evidence that Martin B-26 Marauder production was nearly shut down. The report says no such thing. The actual text mentioning the B-26 is printed here:|
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|T/Sgt. E. L. Craft, Sgt. D. E. Harris, Cpl. J. A. Brindle,
Pfc. A. J. Tillman
Possible: Eli Craft, 397BG, 596BS, 599BS
|Fat Man - Singleton, Short Boy - Leask, 11/4 Each - Schmit,
15° Left Right - Skinner, Restless - Rilling,
Trader - Parish, Window - Lennon, Cowboy - Kirbe, Sagauro - Bates, E.
Beaver - Huen, Brown Mule - Prow. Ellie.
Daniel M. S. Singleton, Pilot, 394/587; Thomas V. Leask, Co-Pilot, 394/587; Normal J. Schmit, Bombardier, 394/587; Gerald E. Skinner, 394/587; Donald L. Rilling, 394/587; James W. Parish, 394/586; Dennis H. Lennon, 394/587; Frank M. Kirbe 394/585; William H. Bates or Frederick H. Bates; Huen (Unknown); Carl G. Prowatzke, 394th BG
I am looking for any info on my cousin Robert "Chappy" Chapman, tail gunner on the "Spooky" when apparently he died in a collision on Sardinia on takeoff. My name is Vernon Gray.
|I'm Charles Mellas, radio gunner on "Lady Lynn", 320th bomb group, 441 squadron. I was on the last bomber, "Lady Lynn", to be shot down on a strike for the launching area of a ME 262 on April 18th 1945.|
|On Saturday October 9, 2010, will be inaugurated the
commemorative plate dedicated to the two crews of B-26 of 394th BG killed
in an air collision while landing on the Bricy Air Base near Orléans, France the 8
Of these twelve men, I found only the family of Sgt. Rose. I would like to inform the other family members and all those concerned of the ceremony to honor those men. The inauguration will be a large event with French and American dignitaries and local citizens. The event will be similar to the Memorial to 1st Lt. Howard Hartley and Crew we had last year in Saint-Péravy la Colombe.
2nd Lt. Frank W. Jr. ROEPKE
2nd Lt. Wesley V. Jr. SMITH
2nd Lt. Richard K. ROBB
Sgt. Benjamin G. OSS
Sgt. Paul E. ROSE
Sgt. Harold D. LESTER
2nd Lt. Charles H. KEMNITZ
2nd Lt. Harvey E. BLACHER
2nd Lt. Alf D. LUNDEL
Sgt. Pink Jr. FULTZ
S/Sgt. Charles R. ELYEA
Sgt. Clement P. ECKES
454th BS (323rd Bomb Group) and 344th
Bomb Group Association 2010 Reunion Reminder - September 22-25, 2010 - Norfolk,
Come One! Come All! All Marauder Men and
their descendants, friends and enthusiasts are welcome. All Bomb Groups
and Squadrons welcome.
Advance registration is required.
To All my father's friends,
I have the sad duty to inform you all that my father, Dick Ainsworth, passed away Saturday morning, April 10th, after a two month long battle from complications from a bout of pneumonia. He passed away peacefully and in no pain. I know he had many friends and will be missed.
As per his wishes there will be no formal funeral. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread over the ocean waters around Catalina Island, where he had so many fun times. I think he would like that. So please remember him fondly in your own way.
I'm sure he would say Love to You All and thanks for your friendships over the years.
Richard L. Ainsworth
95th Bomb Squadron
|17th Bomb Group "Ever Into Danger"|