RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #35: Marauder Mk II


Phil Listemann




Scott Van Aken

Notes: ISBN: 979-1096490-54-7. Available at www.raf-in-combat.com 36 Pages

The latest in RAF-in-Combat's series on WWII RAF squadrons concentrates on the Marauder II. The RAF's use of the B-26 was not all that widespread and often these aircraft were provided to Commonwealth units for use in areas outside of northwest Europe.

Such was the case with the Marauder II. These were basically B-26B/C aircraft with RAF equipment installed to make them compatible with other British aircraft. In this case, it was 12 and 24 Squadrons of the South African Air Force that were the one who used these planes and they operated in the Mediterranean theater.

These early B-26s were tricky aircraft to fly, especially during the landing phase and it is not surprising that there were more than the usual number of accidents. This issue was dealt with in the later Marauders by raising the incidence of the wing to provide a more stable and slower landing and take off speed. These units operated the type mostly from Italian bases for about a year or so until replaced by later model Marauders.

This book follows the usual format  with a brief history of the type then the more extensive history of the units themselves. There's the usual information on victory and tables of losses as well as some great period photos and the usual number of superb full color profiles of aircraft used by these units.

Thanks to all the well done research and choice of illustrations, it makes for a superb addition to the series and its reasonable price is one that should appeal to many. These do make for great references for the fans of the RAF.

September 2019

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