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41-39208

A-26 Invader

Assigned to A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron. Transferred to 671BS 416BG 9AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 416th Bomb Group
  • 553rd Bomb Squadron
  • 671st Bomb Squadron
  • A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron

    A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron

    Squadron
    Eighteen crews were selected from the instructor crews at Barksdale Army Airfield to conduct ETO combat trials of the A-26 Invader. The crews were attached to, but not assigned to the 553rd BS of the 386th BG. While the host units provided logistical...

People

Places

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Great Dunmow, Dunmow CM6, UK August 1944

Assigned to the A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron attached to the 553rd BS - 386th BG

First 416th BG Combat Mission Haguenau, France 17 November 1944
Crashed 02000 Laon, France 22 February 1945

On 22 February 1945 Lt. Van Noorden was scheduled to fly A-26B-20, AAF No. 41-39208, on an operational mission. However, while on the take-off run his left engine lost power. He applied brakes and cut his engines in an attempt to stop, but was unable to do so. Consequently, he ran off the end of the runway. His left gear and nose gear collapsed.
Investigation disclosed that the pilot valve of the properrer governor had stuck, allowing the engine oil pressure to feather the left engine.
416BG 9AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 03:29:16 466thHistorian Changes to events and place associations
Sources

http://www.416th.com/missions/LoadingList.html
http://www.416th.com/MACR_AAR/19450222_41-39208_AAR-45-2-22-524_Van%20No...

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 03:23:05 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.416th.com/missions/LoadingList.html

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2018 16:27:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38860633
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-39208&Submit4=Go

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