It is with great pleasure and pride as the Director of the Marauder Historical Society that I share with the GreatNonprofits Organization the story of an admirer and member of the Marauder Historical Society for over fifty years. His name is William Yeager and along with his wife, Helen, they purchased two retirement lots in Sunsite Arizona.
Their dream was to build their retirement home on the lots, but circumstances prevented it from happening. We are sure Bill and Helen talked about their lots and future home every year, especially as they paid their tax bill.
Circumstance put a stop to their dream and a decision was made by them to give their 50-year dream to the organization they both loved, The Marauder Historical Society, to be sold and the money to be used for a worthy cause. After Bill’s death Helen called their lawyer and had the deed drawn up and delivered.
Bill and Helen will never know that we have shared their dream and gift with GreatNonprofits, but I guarantee they would take pride in knowing that we have. Now I, as a real estate agent and director of the National Marauder Society, have those lots up for sale and hope to have them sold in 2016
I had a Marauder friend who lived about a block from me and was very active in the local Marauder association called WAMM ( Washington Area Marauder Men). His name was Nevin Price and he got me interested in the B-26 medium bomber and WWII history as well. When you have a person who can relate living history to you like Nevin could, then the study of World War II became fascinating. Unfortunately very few of the WAMM members due to age and job obligations were able to attend the later reunions. But I attended the 2014 and 2015 ones created by MHS in Ohio and Arizona...and they did not disappoint. I was able to see and get special tours of Flak Bait due to my association with the Marauder association and even help with their photography. You can not place a value on that experience!
Great society wo keeps the memory's of the b26 marauder alive .
As a life member, I am thrilled to associate with fellow board members , read our organization publication, The Thunder, and every year attend our reunion to meet with friends, 1st, 2nd, and 3 rd generations. As a former B-26 pilot, it means a lot to me to be in this great club.
Lt Col, USAF, retired, Larry J. Thorp
This site gives anyone information about the B-26 Martin Marauder and ongoing activities, such as its annual reunion, membership drives, and how to donate (because it really needs some $$ to continue operations).
This is a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the B-26 Marauder and all of the men and women associated with it. Some of the ways they carry out their mission include: gathering information and stories which they then use to write and circulate newsletters, holding annual reunions for veterans and their families & friends and even members of the general public who are simply interested, and the archiving and record keeping of thousands of donated items and written materials. The B-26 MHS is truly committed to honoring "The Greatest Generation".
This organization is preserving the history of a very famous Maruder B-26 airplane. We cannot let this greatest generation be forgotten! Thank you to all the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that keep this group providing education to future generations. We are so lucky to have many first generation members.
Highly professional with 1st generation flyers of the B-26 makes this a premier organization to preserve the memory and stories of crews and missions. The B-26 is an aircraft overshadowed by others in WWII, and should be recognized as much as the others. The B-26 Marauder Historical Society is well suited to help elevate the B-26 and its historical significance as well as their dedicated crews both ground and air.
This is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Martin B-26 medium bomber in terms of the people who were involved with this aircraft, both the builders at the Glenn L. Martin Company, and those associated with its operations, both in combat and within the United States. Over 225,000 people were directly involved with these 5,700 airplanes from Alaska, Australia, North Africa, and Europe, from the United States Air Forces, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, Royal Air Force including Commonwealth countires of Australia and Canada, the Free French Air Force and the South African Air Force.
In Tucson, there is the International Archives of the Martin Marauder and a Martin B-26 being restored at the Pima Air & Space Museum and the headquarters for this organization at 3710 E. Timrod St., Tucson, 85711, ph 520-322-6226 or http://www.B-26MHS.org. There also is another B-26 Marauder Archive at the University of Akron, Akron Ohio.
Our next annual reunion will be held in Tucson early in the fall of 2015 with visits to the Pima Air & Space Museum to visit the restoration project, the Archives, the "boneyard" and the largest non-government air museum in the world, presentations on various historical events involving this aircraft, and a grand banquet. Tucson is also the location of the USAF 12th Air Force, initially led by General Jimmy Doolittle and four Bomb Groups of B-26 Marauders. We expect the 12th AF historian to participate as these airplanes were the first American bombers involved in the North African and European theaters in World War II.
Please call our society for more information.