The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!


The B-26 has arrived in the European Theater of Operations. It has now joined the B-17, B-24 and the Lancaster over the skies of war torn Europe...


Martin B-26 Marauder: The Wingless Wonder was the name of a variant of Avalon Hill's B-17: Queen of the Skies solitaire boardgame. A draft of B-26 was available for play testing which used the B-17: Queen of the Skies rules and B-17 was needed to play. Everything has changed since then, and B-26: The Marauder Strikes! has completly new mechanics and is a stand alone game. It is a solitaire game set on board a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War Two in the European Theater of Opearations from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is a big game in that there are many target lists, rules, mission maps and details which are not found in B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan. For example, the Damage Tables are more detailed than the earlier games and the combat system is similar, but completely new. The Target Lists include a large selection of targets attacked by B-26s from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945 and are placed on 13 maps (movement boards) which are different depending on where your base is located, from England to the Netherlands. Different models of the B-26 is also included from the early B-26 in 1941 until the B-26G which entered combat in October 1944. The earlier models are not used in the European Theater of Operations (the ETO) in which B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is set, but will be used in 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia, an add-on variant set in the Pacific in the war against Japan in New Guinea.

The rules in this Flight Manual try to reflect the twin engined B-26 Marauder and situations and events which the crews saw on their missions and historical accuracy has been an important guideline during the development of this game.

Players familiar with B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan recognize the mechanics used in B-26. One or more 6-sided dice are rolled on tables to plan the mission, to determine if enemy fighters appear, to hit with machine gun fire and to determine damage and wounds and much more. B-26 is as easy to play as B-17 with its basic system which is similar to the mechanics in B-17: Queen of the Skies. Players who have flown missions in B-17 may find that B-26 is similar, but more detailed and there are ideas included in B-26 which can be found in the B-17: Queen of the Skies community. If you add the advanced and optional guidelines you will find B-26 to become deep, detailed and complex, but still does not stray far from the simple mechanics of the basic system. You will also find yourself in situations where you have to make a decision.

The Core Game Flight Manual will be used to play the A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader and B-25 Mitchell add-ons.

You can begin your campaign flying missions from bases in England or jump in later in the war when the B-26 groups had moved to the continent and you will find Mission Maps with your station either in England, France, Belgium or the Netherlands depending on when you fly your missions. Put together a crew, name your B-26 and fly missions over France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria and Chechoslovakia!

Bomb Wings

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-04-06 17:04:44

Historical Bomb Wings

97th Bomb Wing (Light)
409th 410th 416th Bomb Group

98th Bomb Wing (Medium)
323rd 387th 394th 397th Bomb Group
1st Pathfinder Squadron (Provisional)

99th Bomb Wing (Medium)
322nd 344th 386th 391st Bomb Group

12th BC; 2686th BW; 42nd Bomb Wing (Medium- NAf, MTO, ETO)
17th 319th 320th Bomb Group

Fictional Bomb Wings (propsitions: Group#, Wing# etc may change)

100th Bomb Wing (Medium)
474th Bomb Group (1412th, 1413th, 1414th, 1415th)
646th Bomb Group (1306th, 1307th, 1308th, 1309th)
690th Bomb Group (1286th, 1287th, 1288th, 1289th)
813th Bomb Group (1474th,1475th, 1476th, 1477th)
1st Pathfinder Squadron

101st Bomb Wing (Medium)
644th Bomb Group (1298th, 1299th, 1300th, 1301st)
645th Bomb Group (1302nd, 1303rd, 1304th, 1305th)
669th Bomb Group (1236th, 1237th, 1238th, 1239th)
674th Bomb Group

102nd Bomb Wing (Light)
408th Bomb Group (920th, 921st, 922nd, 923rd)
412th Bomb Group (944th, 945th, 946th, 947th)
413th Bomb Group (948th, 949th, 950th, 951st)

103rd Bomb Wing (Light)
912th Bomb Group (1274th, 1275th, 1276th, 1277th)
913th Bomb Group (1278th, 1279th, 1280th, 1281st)
914th Bomb Group (1282nd, 1283rd, 1284th, 1285th)

106th Bomb Wing (Light)
134th Bomb Group (233rd? 234th, 235th?, 236th?)

8th Air Force Support Command (Hist. unt. 16/10/43)
104th Bomb Wing (Medium)
324th Bomb Group (924th, 925th, 926th, 927th)
325th Bomb Group (928th, 929th, 930th, 931st)
670th Bomb Group (1240th, 1241st, 1242nd, 1243rd)

8th Air Force Support Command (Hist. unt. 16/10/43)
105th Bomb Wing (Light)
647th Bomb Group (1310th, 1311th, 1312th, 1313th)
694th Bomb Group

36th Bomb Group (Medium)
520th Bomb Group (Medium)

8th Bomb Group (Light/Attack?)
77th Bomb Group (Medium, 1st, 2nd, 9th 45th)

Other units
12th Attack Group (Light/Medium?)
13th Bomb Group
14th Bomb Group
69th Bomb Group (B-17?)
82nd Bomb Group (B-17?)
442nd Bomb Group (B-24?)

58th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force (CBI, B-29)
74th Bomb Group (12th, 13th, 14th, 20th)

Heavy Bomb Groups
12th (B-17, 51st, 52nd)
88th (B-17, 316th, 317th, 318th, 399th)
99th (B-17, 346th, 347th, 348th, 416th)
200th (B-24, BB-207th, BE-214th, BJ-221st, BM-228th)
281st (B-17 BG-151st, BB-152nd, GB-153rd, GG-154th)
434th (B-24, 699th)
509th (B-17, 78th, 79th, 80th)
525th (B-17, Market Wetherby)
781st (B-29, 900th, 901st, 902nd, 903rd, 904th)
918th (B-17, Archbury)

457 Sqd (Hampden)
AL-M HV564

314th Sqd (Lancaster)
Lovely Louise

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