Martin B-26 Marauder Color Photographs Part I – 320th Bomb Group

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A formation photograph of Marauders from the 320th Bomb Group’s 441st Squadron. Modelers note the variety of camouflage and markings, remaining paint where the cheek gun packs have been removed, and the extensive oil staining under the nacelles.
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A beautiful study of B-26F 42-96322 of the 441st Squadron.
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Although not the highest quality photo, it is comparatively rare to have photographs of both sides of an aircraft – let alone in color.
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A 441st Squadron formation banks away while their target burns in the background.
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Another 441st Squadron ship, this is 41-34891 “Missouri Mule”, a B-26C. The red cowling faces and propeller hubs are a Group marking.
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Thumper II is another 441st Squadron ship. She is B-26C 42-10778.
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Here is a close-up of Thumper II’s nose art, note the mission markers extend to cover the landing gear door.
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“Bell Ringer” was B-26C 42-107534. One of the cheek gun fairings remains in place on her port side but does not carry a gun.
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A close-up of “Belle Ringer” nose art and scoreboard, which also extends to the landing gear cover.
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A 442nd Squadron B-26G seen from above, showing fading and wear to her olive drab uppersurfaces.
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Most of the 320th Bomb Group’s 444th Squadron carried shark’s mouths in addition to nose art applied by the crews. This is B-26C 42-107733 “My Darling”. Her formation number was 99.
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Another 444th Squadron Marauder with the shark mouth is 42-10782 “Ol’ Folks”, which carried formation number 98.