French B-26

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  1. Matt308

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    Found this interesting pic of a French B-26 during bombing operations. Anybody have any background on the unit and number of B-26 we leased to Free French forces?
     

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    Hi Matt. I've found out in my research for my B26 model, that at least 6 Free French squadrons were equipped with marauders in North Africa, and I know of at least one Sqn. based at St. Dizier, France, in 1945. This was 1/22 'Maroc'.
    There are some pictures of French B26's on variuos websites I've looked at, under the general heading of 'Martin B26 Marauder pictures', and there are a number of colour shots of the U.S.A.A.F. aircraft, and museum examples, including a French B26 in the museum a Le Bourget, Paris.
    Not a very detailed answer, but hope it's helped some.
    Terry.
     
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    Thanks, Terry.
     
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    Yes B26 have been used by Free French Force but more after WW2 by the french army.

    The Air Force has implemented the B-26 from January 1951, the 1st of February the first combat sorties were carried out in Indochina. During the conflict 113 B-26B B-26C and RB-26C have been engaged in three groups Bombing: GB 1 / 19 Gascogne GB 1 / 25 Tunisia and GB 1 / 91 Burgundy as well as the Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron ERP.2/19 Armagnac. 25 Invaders were lost in combat or by accident.

    L 'Invader was also committed in Algeria from August 1956. Two groups of bombing GB 1 / 91 Gascogne and GB 2 / 91 Guyenne being operational debut 1957.C 'is from 1961 that the B-26B and C opererent to the airbase 106. Six were equipped with a radar and B-appointed 26APQ13.
     

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    Thanks for that, Celerite. (Sorry, can't get accents on this reply section!)
    I knew the French forces used the A/B 26 Invader in the 50's/60's, but didn't know the Marauder was kept in service as well. Now I do!
     
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    Hello from the US,

    Does anyone know how to contact current French Air Force squadrons? Looking for GB 1/91 at St. Dizier but cannot find an e-mail contact address. Want to check their records for their use of B-26s in Indochina. Hoping to find their historian or PIO. Any thoughts are appreciated since I am a newby here.

    Wrench well, fly safely.
     
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    When I was in French Morocco, in late '55, the French were flying P2V's out of Port Lyautey. They also had a couple of
    AT6's [or SNJ's] that they used for hacks.

    Charles
     
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