Preflight instructing the crew of the British Martin Type 167 Maryland bomber of American production.
By the beginning of World War II, France had ordered 345 copies of such aircraft in the United States, but before the surrender, only some of them had been received, since the United States had imposed an embargo on arms supplies to the warring countries. With the withdrawal of France from the war, the United States decided to transfer the former French orders to the British who had continued to fight. Thus, the British, among other things, got 62 fully or partially assembled Martin 167Fs. Another 22 cars of this type came to the UK on the French steamers seized by the British or thanks to crews that flew from France. These aircraft are called “Maryland” Mk.I. In addition, in the fall of 1940, the British placed a new order for 150 aircraft at Glenn Martin, representing an improved version of the Martin 167F. The aircraft received the factory designation “Martin 167B4” (B – Britain), the British called it “Maryland” Mk.II.
Bombers Martin “Maryland” Mk.I. used mainly in England for training purposes, and Martin “Maryland” Mk.II. were sent to Africa, where they fought in the British and South African Air Force.
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Location: North Africa