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 develop 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 airplane, the Invader first observed motion in 1943 within the Pacific Theatre attacking Japanese-held islands. Arriving in Europe a number of months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of international conflict 2. actually, the layout proved such a success that it should pass directly to fly wrestle missions for yet 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 completely at the A-26's missions in international battle 2.
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The group had been flying combat missions with the A-20 from Wethersfield since 3 March 1944 as the Ninth Air Force’s first light bomb group. The Havoc was being used by three of the Ninth’s 11 bomb groups by the autumn of that year, and all of them operated the same variants of the A-20, namely the G-, H-, J- and K-models. 50-in weapons on the upper rear fuselage. 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.
Hankey implies that the A-26 pilots and their commander were both insubordinate and incompetent, and that he grounded all 18. By stating ‘as the squadron was totally my responsibility per Gen Anderson’, he implies that he was CO of the Project Squadron, which he was not. Hankey also claims that he used the A-26 pilots who landed safely to check out the 553rd BS on the Invader, and that squadron subsequently became the first to receive the A-26. He states that he then reassigned the 12 pilots to the 553rd as B-26 co-pilots.
Maj Howard Burhanna was appointed Project Squadron leader, and he remained in this position until he was assigned to the 416th BG in October 1944. The crews reported to Hunter Field, Georgia, to pick up 18 brand new Invaders (12 B-models and six A-26Cs) before flying to Prestwick, Scotland, in early August 1944. From there the group headed south to Ninth Air Force Station 164 at Great Dunmow, Essex, base of the B-26 Marauder-equipped 386th BG. Although this A-26B displays the markings of the 386th BG, it is actually one of the 18 Project Squadron aircraft attached to the unit in August 1944.