B-26 Marauder vs Me 262 cover
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An illustrated account of the clashes between the Luftwaffe's Me 262, the first operational jet fighter, and the USAAF's B-26 Marauder bomber during the final months of the war in Europe.

As the world's first jet-engined fighter aircraft, the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Me 262 heralded a new dawn in design, performance, and combat capability upon its operational debut in 1944, outclassing its Allied counterparts for both speed and firepower. The skies over Austria and southern Germany saw the Me 262 enter savage aerial clashes as fighter ace Adolf Galland's JV 44 engaged three USAAF bomber groups, targeting their formidable – but ill-prepared – Martin B-26 Marauders with often devastating results.

In this dramatic new study, Luftwaffe historian Robert Forsyth examines how USAAF crews in twin-engined Marauders endeavoured to fulfil their bombing missions while jet pilots in Me 262s attacked with 30 mm MK 108 nose-mounted cannon and, eventually, 55 mm R4M air-to-air rockets. First-hand accounts, newly commissioned artwork and archive photography enhance the fascinating and action-packed story of these two aircraft and the fearsome combat that was waged between them.

Table of Contents

(Subject to Confirmation)
Design and Development
Technical Specifications
The Strategic Situation
The Combatants
Statistics and Analysis
Further Reading

Product details

Published Feb 25 2025
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472862594
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates and maps; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 142
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Forsyth

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Gareth Hector

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Jim Laurier

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