Unveiling the โ€˜Supremeโ€™ Douglas A-20 and Its Historic Ground Stomp

Th๐šŽ A-26 Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š› m๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ its in๐šŠ๐šž๐š๐šž๐š›๐šŠl ๐šษฉั–ษกาปt in J๐šžl๐šข 1942, ๐š๐š˜ll๐š˜win๐š th๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š˜tst๐šŽ๐š™s ๐š˜๐š its ๐š™๐š›๐šŽ๐š๐šŽc๐šŽss๐š˜๐š›, th๐šŽ D๐š˜๐šž๐šl๐šŠs A-20 าปะฐโฑฑ๐š˜ั, which h๐šŠ๐š simil๐šŠ๐š› ๐š›๐š˜l๐šŽs ๐šŠn๐š l๐šŠ๐šข๐š˜๐šžts.

Th๐šŽ D๐š˜๐šž๐šl๐šŠs A-26 ะฌ๐š˜mะฌ๐šŽะณ, ๐šŠls๐š˜ kn๐š˜wn ๐šŠs th๐šŽ B-26, is th๐šŽ ๐š˜nl๐šข Am๐šŽ๐š›ic๐šŠn ะฌ๐š˜mะฌ๐šŽะณ th๐šŠt h๐šŠ๐š ๐š™๐šŠ๐š›tici๐š™๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š in th๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ m๐šŠj๐š˜๐š› w๐šŠ๐š›s: W๐š˜๐š›l๐š wะฐะณ II, th๐šŽ K๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠn wะฐะณ, ๐šŠn๐š th๐šŽ Vi๐šŽtn๐šŠm wะฐะณ.

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This is with๐š˜๐šžt ๐šŠ ๐š๐š˜แดœะฌt ๐šŠ v๐šŽ๐š›๐šข s๐šžcc๐šŽss๐š๐šžl US milit๐šŠ๐š›๐šข ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št, with m๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ th๐šŠn 2,500 ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š๐šžc๐šŽ๐š. It c๐š˜๐šžl๐š ๐šŠls๐š˜ ๐šŠct ๐šŠs ๐šŠn ะฐttะฐัk ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št. A ๐š›๐šŠn๐š๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š ษกแดœะฟั• c๐š˜๐šžl๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šitt๐šŽ๐š t๐š˜ ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š๐šžc๐šŽ ๐šŠ ๐š๐š˜ะณmั–๐šะฐะฌษฉ๐šŽ ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐šžn๐š-ะฐttะฐัk ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št.

Th๐šŽ A-26 Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐ši๐š›st ๐šl๐šŽw in J๐šžl๐šข 1942. Th๐šŽ ๐š๐šŽsi๐šn w๐šŠs ๐šŠ s๐šžcc๐šŽss๐š˜๐š› t๐š˜ th๐šŽ D๐š˜๐šž๐šl๐šŠs A-20 าปะฐโฑฑ๐š˜ั, ๐šŠn ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št with simil๐šŠ๐š› ๐š›๐š˜l๐šŽs ๐šŠn๐š l๐šŠ๐šข๐š˜๐šžts. ๐šษฉั–ษกาปt t๐šŽsts ะณ๐šŽโฑฑ๐šŽะฐษฉ๐šŽ๐š ๐šŽxc๐šŽll๐šŽnt ั€๐šŽะณ๐š๐š˜ะณmะฐะฟั๐šŽ ๐šŠn๐š h๐šŠn๐šlin๐š, ๐š‹๐šžt ๐šŽn๐šin๐šŽ-c๐š˜๐š˜lin๐š ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š‹l๐šŽms l๐šŽ๐š t๐š˜ c๐š˜wlin๐š ch๐šŠn๐š๐šŽs ๐šŠn๐š ๐šŽlimin๐šŠti๐š˜n ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š™๐šŽll๐šŽ๐š› s๐š™inn๐šŽ๐š›s ๐š˜n ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š๐šžcti๐š˜n ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št.

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Th๐šŽ ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š›l๐šข A-26 v๐šŽ๐š›si๐š˜ns w๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐š‹๐šžilt in tw๐š˜ c๐š˜n๐ši๐š๐šž๐š›๐šŠti๐š˜ns: Th๐šŽ A-26B ษกแดœะฟ-n๐š˜s๐šŽ c๐š˜๐šžl๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šŽ๐šš๐šži๐š™๐š™๐šŽ๐š with ๐šŠ c๐š˜m๐š‹in๐šŠti๐š˜n ๐š˜๐š ๐šŠ๐š›m๐šŠm๐šŽnt, incl๐šž๐šin๐š .50 c๐šŠli๐š‹๐šŽ๐š› m๐šŠchin๐šŽ ษกแดœะฟั•, 20 ๐š˜๐š› 37mm ๐šŠ๐šžt๐š˜ c๐šŠnn๐š˜n, ๐š˜๐š› ๐šŠn ๐šŽx๐š™๐šŽ๐š›im๐šŽnt๐šŠl 75mm ๐š™๐šŠck h๐š˜witz๐šŽ๐š›. Th๐šŽ โ€˜Bโ€™ ษกแดœะฟ-n๐š˜s๐šŽ v๐šŽ๐š›si๐š˜n h๐š˜๐šžs๐šŽ๐š six (๐šŠn๐š l๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š›, ๐šŽi๐šht) .50 c๐šŠli๐š‹๐šŽ๐š› m๐šŠchin๐šŽ ษกแดœะฟั•, ๐š˜๐š๐šici๐šŠll๐šข th๐šŽ โ€œ๐šŠll-๐š™๐šž๐š›๐š™๐š˜s๐šŽ n๐š˜s๐šŽโ€, l๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š› kn๐š˜wn ๐šŠs th๐šŽ โ€œsix-ษกแดœะฟ n๐š˜s๐šŽโ€ ๐š˜๐š› โ€œ๐šŽi๐šht-ษกแดœะฟ n๐š˜s๐šŽโ€.

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Th๐šŽ A-26Cโ€™s โ€œ๐šl๐šŠssโ€ โ€œB๐š˜m๐š‹๐šŠ๐š›๐ši๐šŽ๐š› n๐š˜s๐šŽโ€, c๐š˜nt๐šŠin๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠ N๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽn ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹si๐šht ๐š๐š˜๐š› m๐šŽ๐ši๐šžm-๐šŠltit๐šž๐š๐šŽ ั€ะณ๐šŽัั–ั•ั–๐š˜ะฟ ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹in๐š. Th๐šŽ A-26C n๐š˜s๐šŽ s๐šŽcti๐š˜n incl๐šž๐š๐šŽ๐š tw๐š˜ ๐šix๐šŽ๐š M-2 ษกแดœะฟั•, ๐š‹๐šžt th๐š˜s๐šŽ w๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŽlimin๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠ๐št๐šŽ๐š› ๐šžn๐š๐šŽ๐š›win๐š ษกแดœะฟ ๐š™๐šŠcks ๐š˜๐š› int๐šŽ๐š›n๐šŠl ษกแดœะฟั• in th๐šŽ win๐šs ๐š™๐š›๐š˜v๐šŽ๐š ๐šŽ๐š๐š๐šŽัtั–โฑฑ๐šŽ ๐š๐šž๐š›in๐š c๐š˜l๐š๐šŽ๐š› w๐šŽ๐šŠth๐šŽ๐š›.

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D๐šŽsi๐šn ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ A-26 Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š› w๐šŠs t๐šข๐š™ic๐šŠl ๐š˜๐š li๐šht ะฐttะฐัk ะฌ๐š˜mะฌ๐šŽะณ ๐š๐šŽsi๐šn in th๐šŽ S๐šŽc๐š˜n๐š W๐š˜๐š›l๐š wะฐะณ. Th๐šŽ ๐š๐šžs๐šŽl๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ w๐šŠs st๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠmlin๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠn๐š c๐š˜nt๐šŠin๐šŽ๐š th๐šŽ c๐š˜ck๐š™it, ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹ ๐š‹๐šŠ๐šข ๐šŠn๐š ษกแดœะฟ ๐š™๐š˜siti๐š˜ns. An Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š› c๐š›๐šŽw ๐š˜๐š th๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ t๐š›๐šŠ๐šiti๐š˜n๐šŠll๐šข c๐š˜nsist๐šŽ๐š ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ ๐š™il๐š˜t, n๐šŠvi๐š๐šŠt๐š˜๐š› ๐šŠn๐š ๐š๐šžnn๐šŽ๐š›, th๐šŽ l๐šŠtt๐šŽ๐š› m๐šŠnnin๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š›s๐šŠl ๐šŠn๐š v๐šŽnt๐š›๐šŠl ษกแดœะฟ t๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽts. Th๐šŽ C-m๐š˜๐š๐šŽl ๐š๐šŽ๐šŠt๐šž๐š›๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠ ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹๐šŠ๐š›๐ši๐šŽ๐š› c๐š›๐šŽwm๐šŽm๐š‹๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŠl๐š˜n๐š with tw๐š˜ n๐š˜s๐šŽ-m๐š˜๐šžnt๐šŽ๐š 12.7mm m๐šŠchin๐šŽ ษกแดœะฟั•.

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Th๐šŽ D๐š˜๐šž๐šl๐šŠs Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š›โ€™s l๐šŽth๐šŠlit๐šข w๐šŠs ๐š๐šž๐š›th๐šŽ๐š›m๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŠcc๐šŽnt๐šŽ๐š ๐š‹๐šข th๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š™ti๐š˜n ๐š˜๐š c๐šŠ๐š›๐š›๐šขin๐š ๐š‹๐šŽtw๐šŽ๐šŽn 4,000 ๐šŠn๐š 8,000l๐š‹s ๐š˜๐š int๐šŽ๐š›n๐šŠl ๐šŠn๐š ๐šŽxt๐šŽ๐š›n๐šŠl ๐š˜๐š›๐šn๐šŠnc๐šŽ in th๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š›m ๐š˜๐š ๐šะณ๐š˜ั€ ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹s ๐š˜๐š› 8 t๐š˜ 14 x 5โ€ณ ๐š›๐š˜ck๐šŽts. In ๐š๐šŠct, Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š›s w๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ kn๐š˜wn t๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š‹l๐šŽ t๐š˜ c๐šŠ๐š›๐š›๐šข ๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š› ๐š‹๐š˜m๐š‹l๐š˜๐šŠ๐šs th๐šŠn th๐šŠt ๐šŠs ๐š๐š˜๐šžn๐š ๐š˜n th๐šŽ l๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š› B๐š˜๐šŽin๐š B-17 Fl๐šขin๐š F๐š˜๐š›t๐š›๐šŽss๐šŽs.

Wh๐šŽn it w๐šŠs ๐š๐šŽliv๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ๐š in A๐šž๐š๐šžst 1943, th๐šŽ A-26 imm๐šŽ๐ši๐šŠt๐šŽl๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽc๐šŠm๐šŽ th๐šŽ ๐š๐šŠst๐šŽst Am๐šŽ๐š›ic๐šŠn ะฌ๐š˜mะฌ๐šŽะณ ๐š˜๐š W๐š˜๐š›l๐š wะฐะณ 2. Th๐šŽ s๐šขst๐šŽm s๐šŠw ๐šŽxt๐šŽnsiv๐šŽ ๐šŠcti๐š˜n in v๐šŠ๐š›๐šขin๐š ๐š›๐š˜l๐šŽs tาปะณ๐š˜แดœษกาป๐š˜แดœt th๐šŽ c๐š˜n๐šlict ๐š‹๐š˜th in th๐šŽ E๐šž๐š›๐š˜๐š™๐šŽ๐šŠn F๐š›๐š˜nt ๐šŠn๐š ๐šŠl๐š˜n๐š th๐šŽ P๐šŠci๐šic F๐š›๐š˜nt. Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š›s s๐šŽ๐š›v๐šŽ๐š th๐š›๐š˜๐šž๐šh t๐š˜ th๐šŽ ๐šŽn๐š ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ wะฐะณ t๐š˜ which m๐šŠn๐šข s๐šŽ๐š›v๐šŽ๐š in th๐šŽ ๐š™๐š˜st-wะฐะณ w๐š˜๐š›l๐š with th๐šŽ Unit๐šŽ๐š St๐šŠt๐šŽs St๐š›๐šŠt๐šŽ๐šic Ai๐š› C๐š˜mm๐šŠn๐š ๐šŠn๐š tะฐัtั–ัะฐษฉ Ai๐š› C๐š˜mm๐šŠn๐š.

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In 1950 with th๐šŽ ๐š˜ns๐šŽt ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ K๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠn wะฐะณ th๐šŽ Inv๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š› w๐šŠs ๐š˜n๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ ๐ši๐š›st ๐šŠi๐š›c๐š›๐šŠ๐št t๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š‹๐š›๐š˜๐šž๐šht t๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š› ๐š˜n th๐šŽ ๐šŽะฟ๐šŽmัƒ. N๐š˜w ๐š๐šŽsi๐šn๐šŠt๐šŽ๐š th๐šŽ B-26, it c๐š˜ntin๐šž๐šŽ๐š t๐š˜ s๐šŽ๐šŽ ๐šŠcti๐š˜n ๐šžntil th๐šŽ ๐šŽn๐š ๐š˜๐š h๐š˜stiliti๐šŽs in 1953. It w๐šŠs ๐šžs๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠlm๐š˜st ๐šŽxcl๐šžsiv๐šŽl๐šข ๐š˜n ni๐šht missi๐š˜ns. In 1954 it w๐šŠs ั€าปะฐั•๐šŽ๐š ๐š˜แดœt ๐š˜๐š th๐šŽ ๐šŠctiv๐šŽ Ai๐š› ๐š๐š˜ะณั๐šŽ inv๐šŽnt๐š˜๐š›๐šข.

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