MY MARTIN WATCH:
For once, there comes a book that lives up to its cover hype and more!
At 640 pages and over 900 color and blackand-white photographs printed on glossy pages, this is, indeed, the book on the famed Martin B-26 medium bomber, and in my view, the very best one to date as well.
This stellar production is all the more remarkable in that the author does not mention having consulted the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Inc. of Middle River, MD/USA at all, indeed, as confirmed for me as well by its longtime Archivist Stan Piet of Bel Air: “The author didn’t contact us for anything, so I’m curious about the pub’s content.” So was I!
Rather, the author relies upon The Marauder Archives at Akron and Tucson, as well as on US Air Force files and records, plus was given access to the data of famed B-26 designer Peyton Magruder.
This great saga thus opens with a biography of “Mr. Martin” as his former employees still called him in 1986 when I began my own researches into, “The man, his aircraft, and the company he built.”
This perceptive account admits that he was, most likely, gay in his sexual orientation. So what? He was also a “mama’s boy” and he made aviation history, and provided employment for thousands, especially here in Maryland.
Next comes Design and Procurement, followed by Production. Following that, the author delves into every single aspect of the aircraft from start to finish, including GLM’s epic battle with the US Senatorial Truman Committee of World War II, a singular topic that previous Martin authors have tended to skirt.
It is to this writer’s credit that he does not, and for that I commend him.
In sum, if you’re at all interested in this controversial warplane, this is the book for you, so don’t miss it!