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"Two Martin B-26 Marauders of the 9th Air force frame a flight of their sister ships returning from a mission along the French-German border in support of the U.S. Third Army. The medium bomber in upper foreground has operated in the ETO for some time, evidenced by the dark painted fuselage. Since this spring, Marauders have gone into combat unpainted to attain more speed. France."

- B-26s 42-107614 and 41-25353 454BS, 323BG, 9AF.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 454th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107614 Lady Luck III

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 454BS, 323BG, 9AF USAAF. 12 combat missions flown from 2-May-44. Severe flak damage, crew bailed out over base, 23-Dec-44 6 x RTD pilot Lt William H Eastwood. Salvaged 24-Dec-44.

  • 41-25353 'Black Magic IV' 'Mr Shorty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 454BS, 323BG, 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
07 May 2018 10:10:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations