The countries that used the Marauder were Australia, Britain, France, South Africa, and the United States.
Due to its bad reputation it was nicknamed "Widowmaker", "Flying Coffin" and "Flying Prostitute." However, by VE Day B-26s had the lowest loss rate of any American bomber in World War II. The B-26 needed an experienced pilot to concentrate on flying the B-26.
The 22nd Bombardment Group received the Marauder in February 1941 at Langley Field. The Group was sent to Brisbane, Australia, once the United States was brought into the war.
From August 16, 1943, to the end of World War II, "Flak Bait" flew 200 missions. It had over 1,000 flak holes covered by over 300 patches.
The B-26 Marauders were first used by the 22nd Bomb Group, based in Australia, shortly after Pearl Harbor. They went into action over New Guinea in April 1942. Their first raid was against Rabaul on April 5, 1942.
Four B-26As carrying torpedoes were used at the Battle of Midway. Two were shot down by the Japanese. After the Army declared that medium bombers were to vulnerable to be torpedo planes.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Future president Lyndon B. Johnson received a Silver Star in a Marauder mission in New Guinea.
Danger over Ijmuiden, Holland
An entire group of ten B-26 Marauders of the 322nd Bomber Group were lost to fighters, flak, and collisions in a mission in May 1943 over Ijmuiden, Holland.
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force received 522 B-26 Marauders.
- B-26A, Marauder Mk I: 54
- B-26B, Marauder Mk IA: 19
- B-26C, Marauder Mk II: 100
- B-26F, Marauder Mk III: 200
- B-26G, Marauder Mk III: 150
The South African Air Force also flew the B-26 Marauder / B-26C.
In the Mediterranean the B-26 replaced the Blenheims.