By Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon (Artworks by)
Osprey's learn of the A-26 Invader devices' participation in global struggle II (1939-1945). Designed to mix the bombing potential 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. in a position to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions by way of easily altering the nostril configuration of the airplane, the Invader first observed motion in 1943 within the Pacific Theater attacking Japanese-held islands. Arriving in Europe numerous months later, the A-26 served with contrast for the rest of global battle II. actually, the layout proved such a success that it'll move directly to fly strive against missions for an additional 20 years. Written by way of army aviation specialist Jerry Scutts and illustrated with brand-new colour profiles and infrequent images, this is often the 1st publication to concentration completely at the A-26's missions in international conflict II.
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The manner in which rhe group converted ro the A-26 was differenr ro Formerly assigned to the 553rd BS/ 3B6th BG, this aircraft was passed on to the 305th BG after VE Day. The group participated in Project 'Casey Jones' in 1945, which saw vast swathes of Europe and North Africa photo-mapped by USAAF aircraft such as this Invader The 344th BG was another B-26 group to receive A-26s immediately post-war, this aircraft serving with the 495th BS as part of the US Army Air Forces in Europe. The group moved from A7B Florennes/Juzaine, in Belgium, to R75 Schleissheim, in Germany, in mid September 1945 21 and 24 April 1945 when, despire bad wearher and rugged rerrain, rhe 47rh mainrained operarions for 60 consecurive hours, desrroying rhe enemy's rransporrarion faciliries in rhe area and rhus prevenring rhem from conducring an organised rerrear.
When nothing happened I pulled the target revealed that the bridge had been completely destroyed. the controls back into high blower and made one more attempt. "'As soon as I had taken up the emergency heading] had not only called communications centre. Once over the target the A-26s endured a heavy 'Parade', (since channel was jammed) bur also notified my gunner, Sgt flak barrage that saw 22 bombers suffer varying degrees of damage. The Tharp, to prepare to bailout. We had dropped to 9000 Ft indicated in the turn, and it was then that] checked the time in order to ascertain when I the nacelle being shot away From the right engine.
On the 30th it was the rurn of the Hann Munden ordnance depot and barracks area ro receive a visit from the group. Again, bad weather prevented visual observation and phorography of the bombing, and five aircraft were damaged by flak. The group rounded out its most active monrh of operations by chalking up missions 41 and 42 on 31 March. irzburg that was on the main railway line between Frankfurt and uremberg. Crews reponed good to excellent results on visual observation, their 500-lb incendiary clusters starting large fires in the block of warehouse buildings.
A-26 Invader Units of World War 2 (Combat Aircraft 82) by Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon (Artworks by)