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!

D-Day Week Targets

Tables & ChartsPosted by Stephen Fliss 2018-02-15 19:19:34
Just to make sure I'm following the Normandy 1944 Campaign D-Day Week target table correctly: If I roll a 97th BW target result does it matter that I'm flying a B-26 instead of an A-20? I've been rolling on the 97th BW Targets Table for a B-26 mission target when I roll a "32" or "54". In effect, there is no differentiation.

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Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-02-15 22:59:37

I should remove my glasses when I type...

They are interchangeable. A-20 groups bombed the same targets and were of course allocated others too. I wanted to include more A-20 targets in the Core Game, but it would have been too much. I have a target list for the 409th and 410th bomb groups which are nolonger to be found on line, but if you search for the 416th you will find a lot of interesting information and target lists. If you would like to have the A-20 mission lists, please let me know and I will send them to you.

Posted by Rick Morey 2018-02-15 22:30:58

I've been treating B-26/A20 target lists as interchangeable.

Posted by Stephen Fliss 2018-02-15 19:53:28

Thanks for the confirmation and explanation Magnus!

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-02-15 19:34:32

No, it doesn't matter if you are flying a B-26 and the target is on the 97th bomb wing list. A few years back I got a suggestion was made to delete the A-20 tables as they were confusing. I understnd that point and I though about it, but decided to keep them since the A-20 add-on was almost done at the time and is more or less done today. I kept them as a preview of what would come, and for historical information. My plan was to create totally new A-20 target lists, but I will not be able to do that until... much later. B-26 and A-20 targets were the same too so the Core Game target list can be used with the A-20.