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A-26 Invader Units of World War 2
By Jim Roeder
Osprey's study of the A-26 Invader Units' participation in World War II (1939-1945). Designed to combine the bombing capability of the B-26 Marauder with the versatility of the ground-attack A-20 Havoc, the A-26 Invader would become the USAAF's attack bomber par excellence. Capable of flying low-level strafing or conventional bombing missions by simply changing the nose configuration of the aircraft, the Invader first saw action in 1943 in the Pacific Theatre attacking Japanese-held islands. Arriving in Europe several months later, the A-26 served with distinction for the remainder of World War 2. In fact, the design proved so successful that it would go on to fly combat missions for a further two decades. Written by military aviation experts, Jim Roeder and Jerry Scutts, and illustrated with brand-new colour profiles and rare photography, this is the first book to focus exclusively on the A-26's missions in World War 2.
Chapter 1 - Arnold's baby
Chapter 2 - Pacific Puncher
Chapter 3 - Out with the Old
Chapter 4 - In the Groove
Chapter 5 - Softening-up for Olympic
Chapter 6 - New weapons, new roles
Author: Jim Roeder
Illustrator: Janusz Swiatlon
Cover Artwork: Mark Postlethwaite
JIM ROEDER enlisted in the US Army in 1972 and after Jump School, served with the 101st Airborne Infantry Division. A keen aviation historian, he has provided photographs and research for several major plastic model manufacturers and aviation modelling publications, and written a book on the 357th Fighter Group for Squadron Signal Publications.
Based in Poland, JANUSZ SWIATLON has produced artwork for a variety of eastern Eurpoean publications for many years.
Citation: Roeder, James. A-26 Invader Units of World War 2. Oxford: Osprey Pub., 2010. Print.
Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
Series: Combat Aircraft (Book 82)
Paperback: 96 pages