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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 may turn into the USAAF's assault bomber par excellence. in a position to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions through 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 numerous months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of international battle 2. actually, the layout proved such a success that it'll pass directly to fly wrestle missions for another decades.

Written through army aviation professional, Jerry Scutts, and illustrated with brand-new color profiles and infrequent images, this is often the 1st e-book to concentration completely at the A-26's missions in global struggle 2.

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They were eager to give support like that at Cherbourg, Caen, St Lo, Falaise and the Rouen loop. Now, if ever, was the time when tactical air power was needed. But the weather favoured the enemy, whose counter attack, launched on 16 December, in a blanket of fog, had punched swiftly into western Belgium under soupy skies. For seven days airmen “sweated out” a break in the weather. Then, on 23 December, the skies cleared over the snow-swept frontlines, allowing air support to go to the rescue of embattled Allied ground forces.

The flight over was quiet till the target area was reached, then all hell broke loose, the effects – devastation. Rick Prentiss rocked his aeroplane all over the sky in evasive action but to no avail. The flak was heavy and intense and clawed at the aeroplanes in the sky. Bursts of flak surrounded Prentiss’ aeroplane, and also caught his wingman and deputy. Both were seen to go down with no ’chutes blossoming. ’ The squadron history added that Capt Prentiss was to be married in three months’ time.

Fresh off the Long Beach production line, A-26B-45-DL 44-34216 performs a check flight prior to being handed over to the USAAF in early 1945 COMBAT EVALUATION In early 1944 the 3rd BG’s 13th BS was selected to evaluate the Invader in combat in the Pacific. Based at Hollandia, New Guinea, the group had flown its A-20s in low-level attacks on Japanese land and sea forces, and it completed its scheduled A-26 evaluation in July 1944. Issued with four Invaders, pilots from the 13th criticised the aircraft’s flat, heavily framed canopy.

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