By Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon

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 could develop into the USAAF's assault bomber par excellence. in a position to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions by means of 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 a number of months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of global warfare 2. actually, the layout proved such a success that it is going to pass directly to fly wrestle missions for another decades.

Written by way of army aviation professional, Jerry Scutts, and illustrated with brand-new color profiles and infrequent images, this can be the 1st ebook to concentration solely at the A-26's missions in international battle 2.

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First flown on 10 July 1942, the A-26 was pronounced ready to enter service by the test pilot at the controls for this inaugural flight, Ben Howard. Yet, despite his enthusiasm, two years would pass before the Invader finally made its combat debut in July 1944 with the A-20-equipped 13th Bombardment Squadron (BS), 3rd Bomb Group (BG) in New Guinea. Prior to engaging the enemy, the A-26 had been issued in growing numbers to units in the USA as air- and groundcrews gained experience on the new aircraft before commencing combat evaluation in the Pacific and European theatres.

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. It goes on; ‘The rest of the formation made it back to base after dropping their loads. They were very battered and broken up, and both Maj Price and Lt “Buck” Buchanan couldn’t bring their aeroplanes back to the dispersal area – they had to be towed back.

These turrets were similar to those used in the B-29. Rotation of the turrets, as well as the elevation, depression and firing of the guns, was accomplished through the use of hand controls. Sighting was via a periscope that projected both above and below the gunner’s compartment. The gunner’s seat was attached to the periscope and it rotated via a circular track in the floor. 50-in machine guns. These added considerable drag to the aircraft, however, reducing its top speed by 25 mph. 50-in guns mounted in the leading edge of each wing, the barrel of the centre weapon projecting out further than the other two.

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