The B-26 was a US WW2 medium bomber initially nick-named the ‘widow maker’ due to its high training accident rate. However, with training, it developed into a highly successful aircraft with one of the war’s lowest loss rates.


Christian Orr writing in 19Forty Five makes the following points:
  • The first cylindrical fuselage aircraft, tapering in the front and rear, reducing drag.
  • The only medium bomber with two bomb bays-up to 2630 kg bombs carried.
  • Powered by two 2,000-horsepower Patt & Whitney engines.
  • The first used against Japanese held Rabaul, New Guinea, in April 1942.


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