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 may turn into the USAAF's assault bomber par excellence. in a position to flying low-level strafing or traditional bombing missions via 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 global struggle 2. actually, the layout proved such a success that it is going to move directly to fly wrestle missions for yet 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 booklet to concentration solely at the A-26's missions in global battle 2.
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The aircraft retained their ordnance and returned to base, landing safely after a mission lasting 3 hrs 20 min. The weather prevented any missions on 30 and 31 December too, although conditions began to clear in the late afternoon of New Year’s Eve, but too late for an operation to be flown. The improving weather produced an equally clear moonlit night, which almost proved disastrous for the group. At midnight the air was filled with the sounds of small arms fire as personnel celebrated the New Year.
Two attempts were made to sight and bomb the bridge, but to no avail. The aircraft retained their ordnance and returned to base, landing safely after a mission lasting 3 hrs 20 min. The weather prevented any missions on 30 and 31 December too, although conditions began to clear in the late afternoon of New Year’s Eve, but too late for an operation to be flown. The improving weather produced an equally clear moonlit night, which almost proved disastrous for the group. At midnight the air was filled with the sounds of small arms fire as personnel celebrated the New Year.
The anti-aircraft guns surrounding Melun fired at the Ju 88 but it was not hit and made good its escape. The incident kept many of the group’s personnel awake, or sleeping lightly, ready to respond to another visit by the Luftwaffe. They spent much of New Year’s Day 1945 enlarging and deepening their foxholes. As 1944 drew to a close, the Ninth Bombardment Division issued the following press release detailing the operations conducted by its medium bomber units in the wake of the German Ardennes counteroffensive; ‘News reports continued to emphasise the seriousness of the German counteroffensive on the Western front, but fog-covered battle areas kept the B-26s, A-20s and A-26s of the Ninth Bombardment Division tied to the ground.
A-26 Invader Units of World War II by Jim Roeder, Janusz Swiatlon