Washington Area Marauder Men Visit Museum
By Al LaPorte
past May the Museum was visited by a group from the Washington Area
Marauder Men. This organization consists of local veterans with ties
to the Martin B-26 Marauder, their relatives, and aviation
enthusiasts interested in the Marauder’s history. Following a
morning tour of the Museum, the group enjoyed a good lunch at the
“The Landing Strip” restaurant. During the afternoon,
Museum tour guides showed the Marauder Men group our static aircraft
display at Strawberry Point.
the visitors was Jeanne L. Newell whose father, Lieutenant Colonel
Franklin Allen, was one of the first U.S. Army Air Force pilots to
fly the B-26 Marauder. His wartime experiences included service in
both the South Pacific and Europe. He was instrumental in developing
techniques to utilize the Marauder as a torpedo bomber and flew more
than 60 combat missions in both theatres. His candid observations of
his wartime service are chronicled in his written recollections of
the war titled “Frank Allen goes to War” and in a book
co-authored by his daughter titled The Martin Marauder and the
Franklin Allens: a Wartime Love Story. Copies of both these
documents have been generously donated to the Museum by Jeanne Newell
and will be stored in our archives.
look forward to a return visit by the Washington Area Marauder Men.
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