A-26/B-26 Invader In Action Zoom

A-26/B-26 Invader In Action

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The Douglas A-26 Invader served the US with distinction in various combat roles during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Originally created as an attack aircraft, with the designation A-26, the Invader was designed to replace the A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell, and Martin B-26 Marauder for the US Army Air Forces. However, production delays prevented the aircraft from reaching the field until June 1944. With as many as 14 forward-firing .50-caliber machine guns as well as bombs and rockets, the Invader was well suited for ground strikes when the Korean War broke out in 1951. The Invader flew into combat and carried the markings of the US Air Force as the redesignated B-26. Later, the French used the Invader during their war in Vietnam. Shortly after the US entered the conflict, Invaders returned to the sky over Vietnam in the hands of US as well as South Vietnamese crews. To base the aircraft type in Thailand, which prohibited the USAF bombers, the Invader was once more classified as an attack aircraft, and the A-26 designation returned.

Pages: 80
Size: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMD-Squadron Signal
ISBN: 9780897478182
Product Code: SS818