Douglas A-26B Invader
Douglas A-26B with c/n 27881 was built in 1944 as a TB-26B trainer version with dual controls at the Douglas production lines at Long Beach, California. She was delivered to United States Army Air Force with serial 44-34602. Being a dual stick trainer, she never saw combat.
She was struck of charge on July 1, 1958 and was being stored at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. She stayed there for the next 6 years when she was sold to her first civilian owner being Jack Lysdale Flying Service, St. Paul, Minesota in 1964, registered as N8392H.
In 1966 she was sold to whilst owned by Stahmann Farms Inc. Las Cruces, New Mexico and was converted to a Rock Island Monarch 26 corporate aircraft. In 1986 she was bought by the Scandinavian Historic Flight and brought to RLS 51 Ltd, San Franciso, California, and later she was fitted with her 8 Gun nose again. This was done at Grand Junction, Colorado in 1987. The restoration was finished by Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, Arizona.
She arrived in Oslo in May 1988 and in 1989 she was registered N167B. She is painted in the colours of "Sugerland Express" of the 533rd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group "The Crusaders".
The A-26 served with the 8th Air Force from September 1944 onwards. On November 19, 1944 the first combat missions were flown by the, at that moment, fastest bomber in the US inventory. That not only speed was the Invader's advantage was shown when on February 19, 1945 when a Me-262 "kill" was credited to Major Myron L. Durkee of the 386th Bomb Group.
Deliveries were with 400 a month staggering and it was forseen that all B-26, A-20 and B-25 units would transfer to the Invader who was loved by it's crews. The end of the war was sooner then expected and the production rate was slowed to 250 a month with the cancellation of the 1945 orders.
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