Aircraft Designation

B-26B Invader (Douglas)

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A-26 (B-26) Invader


Douglas A-26B-15-DL of the Project Squadron, Great Dunmow, England, September 1944.
Role Light bomber
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company
First flight 10 July 1942
Retired 1980 Colombian Air Force
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
United States Navy
French Air Force
Number built 2,452
Unit cost US$242,595
Variants On Mark Executive, Marketeer, and Marksman

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is a twin-engined light bomber and attack aircraft built by Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II which also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified U.S. Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Asia until 1969.

It was found to be a fast aircraft capable of carrying twice its specified bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

The postwar re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 has led to popular confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which first flew in November 1940, some 16 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered by the widely used Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder, double-row radial engine, they were completely different and separate designs the Martin bomber originated in 1939, with roughly twice as many Marauders (nearly 5,300) produced in comparison to the Douglas design. The last A-26 in active U.S. service was assigned to the Air National Guard; that aircraft being retired from military service in 1972 by the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard Bureau and donated to the National Air and Space Museum.

A-26 Douglas Invader

also see B-26 Douglas Invader

A-26C "Invader" (Douglas)

Douglas A-26C


See A-26 for specificatons

  1. Douglas B-26 "Invader"
  2. B-26 called (Alligator Gal)
  3. B-26 Invader
  4. Douglas A-26 "Invader"
  5. B-26 on flight line
  6. Douglas B-26K (A-26A) "Counter Invader"
  7. DOUGLAS A-26C


June 26, 1960

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Congress is hesitant to urge the president to send troops to South Korea until many of the leading newspapers around the country write editorials backing the use of fighting forces. Among the newspapers are the N.Y. Times, Atlanta Constitution and Los Angeles Mirror.

-- Gen. Douglas MacArthur announces from Japan that 10 P-51 Mustang fighter planes and other supplies will be sent to the South Koreans. South Korea President Syngman Rhee says it is "too little, too late," and the planes will be useless because no Korean pilots are trained to fly them.

-- A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot shoots down a Russian-built North Korean Yak fighter near Kimp'o Airfield while covering transport planes evacuating Americans to Japan.

By June 29, more than 2,000 Americans are flown to Japan. During that same time period, the Air Force announces that at least 12 North Korean planes were downed. U.S. losses were three B-26 bombers and four F-80 Shooting Star fighters. All F-80 pilots were rescued.