Service of B-26 with Free French

Last revised March 18, 2000

During World War II, the B-26 Marauder was supplied in some numbers to the Free French air force.

The first Marauders began to reach Free French units in late 1943. Eventualy GB I/11 Maroc, GB II/20 Bretagne, GB I/19 Gascogne, GB II/52 Franche-Comte, GB II/63 Senegal, and BG I/32 Bourgogne were equipped with Marauders. These units were initially supplied with earlier-model war-weary Marauders for training purposes, then were re-equipped with newer B-26s.

Initial combat operations by Free French B-26 units were against enemy positions in Italy and southern France. They took part in the invasion of southern France on August 15, 1944. The Free French Marauder units moved northward as the Allied advance against the Germans continued. Last operations took place on April 25, 1945. The French Marauder units were disbanded in June of 1945.