Martin Maryland of 39 Squadron RAF being “bombed up”

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Armourers preparing to load a Martin Maryland of No. 39 Squadron RAF with its full complement of eight 250-lb GP bombs, at a landing ground in the Western Desert. Ground crews in the RAF referred to this task as “bombing up.” This plane was produced by the Glenn L Martin company and known as Model 167. The RAF named it the “Maryland.”

circa 1940-41.

Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum

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