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Early 320th Marauders were top camouflaged at the Martin factory with dark olive drab paint (shade 41/FS 34087) extending all the way down the side of the fuselage to an unbroken wavy line from the nose back to the tip of the tail, just above the rear ventral hatches and bomb bays. Neutral gray (shade 43/FS 36173) was sprayed over all under surfaces.

Each aircraft's serial number (prefixed by the last digit of the year built) was also painted at the factory on both sides of the rudder in "identification" yellow (shade 49/FS 33538). Numbers were 12 inches high and positioned just above the center line of the middle rudder hinge.
 


B-26B-3-MA 41-17959 Miss Fortune flown by Capt. Theodore M. Dorman of the 444th BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling



Starting in late 1943 the dark olive drab on many B-26 wings, rudders, and elevators were "oversplotched" along the edges with medium green (shade 42/FS 34092), a lighter shade of green compared to the olive drab. This was done to varying degrees.

B-26B-50-MA 42-96016 No.04 Doris K - Iidalizeya flown by Capt. Sydney 'Snuffy' Smith CO of the 441st BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling

B-26B-50-MA 42-96013 No.99 Brinah flown by Lt. Russel Jones of the 444th BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling


B-26B-50-MA 42-95884 No.14 Miss Manchester flown by Lt. Charles O'Mahony CO of the 441st BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling


B-26C-45-MO 42-107534 No.22 Belle Ringer flown by Lt. Benjamin Reisdorf of the 441st BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling


B-26C-10-MO 41-34891 No.19 Missouri Mule flown by Lt. Robert Dinwiddie of the 441st BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling

 


At end of 1943, the USAAF felt camouflage paint no longer served a useful purpose and ordered it discontinued by the Martin factories. Plus, removing the paint added nearly 30 miles per hour to the top speed. Marauders thereafter were delivered in overall natural metal (polished aluminum) finish. Flat black/dark green anti-glare panels were painted in front of the cockpit and on the inward sides of the engine cowls. Serial numbers were switched to black.

B-26C-45-MO 42-107783 No.23 Thumper II flown by Lt. Chris Steir of the 441st BS, 320th BG 
Artwork by Mark Styling

 

B-26G-5-MA 43-34242 No.57 Flying Finn flown by Lt. Edward Miller of the 443rd BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling
 


Camouflage paint reappeared in late 1944 after the 320th moved to Dijon. ETO brass ordered that all tactical aircraft at bases in France be given a top coat of green paint to conceal them from the air as they sat on their hard-stands. This at first was done in the field. Medium green 42, or the RAF equivalent, was sprayed, or in some cases crudely brushed, on the upper surfaces only.

B-26C-45-MO 42-107825 No.98 Ol' Folks flown by Lt. Jack C. Sutherland of the 444th BS, 320th BG
Artwork by Mark Styling
 


Natural metal finish replacement tactical aircraft scheduled for bases in France were ultimately given an "economy" coat of camouflage green at Ninth Air Force service depots in England before delivery.

B-26G-20-MA 44-68089 No.08 of the 441st BS, 320th BG 
Artwork by Mark Styling
 


Artwork:
Mark Styling


Mr. Styling is a well reconized aviation artist. His artwork has been published in myriad books by prominent publishers. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. His artwork is available. Click here to order prints and to learn more.

  • Narrative
    Adapted from:
    Mediterranean Marauder Markings
    by Victor C. Tannehill
    Copyright 1978


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