Classic Publications, (No. 7), Crowborough, 1st ed., 1999. 200 pp., photo-ills., diagrams + cold., plates. D.j., 31 x 23cm. FINE. This book tells the story of the Martin B-26 Marauder, a much-maligned yet capable aircraft and its performance against one of the most controversial, mysterious and enigmatic units of the Luftwaffe, JV 44 who were flying the revolutionary Messerschmitt Me 262. It is a story which aims to set the record straight about the Marauder's combat performance as well as the desperate efforts of young German airmen to shoot it down in the final days of the war in the Battle over Bavaria. This was fought in a series of brief but bitter encounters predominantly between four units ; JV 44 and the Marauders of the 17th, 323rd and 344th Bombardment Groups. JV 44 was in Bavaria to defend the German aircraft jet production centres and the Marauders were there to bomb them. Illustrated with photographs & coloured plates.