By Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon (Artworks by)
Osprey's examine of the A-26 Invader devices' participation in global warfare II (1939-1945). Designed to mix the bombing power of the B-26 Marauder with the flexibility of the ground-attack A-20 Havoc, the A-26 Invader may develop into the USAAF's assault bomber par excellence. able to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions by way of easily altering the nostril configuration of the plane, the Invader first observed motion in 1943 within the Pacific Theater attacking Japanese-held islands. Arriving in Europe a number of months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of global battle II. in reality, the layout proved such a success that it can move directly to fly wrestle missions for one more twenty years. Written via army aviation specialist Jerry Scutts and illustrated with brand-new colour profiles and infrequent images, this can be the 1st publication to concentration completely at the A-26's missions in international battle II.
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After these had been completed, rhe Project quad ron relocated w Wethersfield and rhe 416th BG. The 386th BG cominued wAy rhe B-26 Marauder from Great Dunmow, although A-26s were delivered w the 553rd BS wallow its conversion onw rhe new aircraft. On 2 Ocwber 1944 the 386th moved w A60 Beaumom-sur-Oise, in France. From there rhe 553rd BS cominued w Ay combar operations alongside the group's B-26s. In January 1945, shortly after participaring in the Ardennes campaign, the 386th's remaining three squadrons began conversion w the] Iwader, completi ng the swap on 21 February.
I was Forced to altcr my plan 'In the morning, uperior results were achieved against a munitions I 0 » "'A tOwn was on my leFt, with two fields west of it - a road with the Rhine, with key tOwns in the German chain of communications in this to be bombed, as the 670th BS histOry recalled; z < Barausky headed For the airfield at Trier to make a Forced landing, and JUSt "'At 6800 Ft, the gunner tried to salvo the bombs without uccess. beFore touching down he cut the left engine and Feathered the propeller.
The fire departmenr was at the aeroplane as soon as it stopped rolling. I believe the bomb-bay tank being fuJI of ga oline i all that prevented an explo ion, as the vapour escaping from the Rak holes in the top of the tank was burning. ''' The 671 st BS suffered its worst single mission losses with the A-26 during this mission, as detailed in its combat history; 'The 416th BG encountered another "Bloody unday" on 18 March with the 10 s of four ships and crews over the target area. The A-26s were despatched in the morning with a PFF lead, but the skies were clear over the target and bombing was done visually as the Rak gunners threw up everything but the kitchen sink.