By Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon
Designed to mix the bombing strength of the B-26 Marauder with the flexibility of the ground-attack A-20 Havoc, the A-26 Invader might turn into the USAAF's assault bomber par excellence. able to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions via easily altering the nostril configuration of the plane, the Invader first observed motion in 1943 within the Pacific Theatre attacking Japanese-held islands. Arriving in Europe numerous months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of international warfare 2. in reality, the layout proved such a success that it should pass directly to fly strive against missions for another decades.
Written by means of army aviation professional, Jerry Scutts, and illustrated with brand-new color profiles and infrequent images, this can be the 1st booklet to concentration solely at the A-26's missions in international struggle 2.
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The major difference between the two models was the type of engine used, with the G-model featuring two Wright R-2600-23 Double Cyclone rated at 1600 hp each, and the A-20H the R-2600-29 of 1700 hp. The A-20J/K had the solid nose replaced by a frameless glazed nose section that contained a Norden bombsight and a bombardier. The aircraft retained the Martin upper turret. As with the G- and H-models, the major difference between the A-20J and K centred on their engines. Shortly after the Project Squadron arrived at Wethersfield, the 416th began moving to France.
Just a pilot and rear gunner initially crewed the solid nose A-26B, and a bombardier/navigator was added with the advent of the A-26C with its Plexiglas nose section. The A-20 required a minimum of three aircrew, with a fourth added for the A-20J/K variants. 50-in machine guns. 50-in guns mounted to starboard. The C-model was identical to the A-26B in all other respects, however. The Invader was built from the outset to be flown by a solitary pilot, unlike previous American medium and light bombers.
Fitted with underwing gun pods, this A-26B suffered a nose gear failure whilst taxiing at Laon/Athies in early 1945. Both propellers have been badly damaged and the engines wrenched. The aircraft is also equipped with a large, heavily-framed hatch on the right-hand side of the canopy, which provided cockpit access. This early style hatch severely restricted pilot visibility Prior to the commencement of the Invader’s combat evaluation in the Pacific, the issue of limited visibility had been recognised by Douglas to the point where it had introduced an interim fix on the Tulsa and Long Beach production lines in June 1944.
A-26 Invader Units of World War II by Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon