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A-26 Invader

Originally part of the A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron. This aircraft was later used by the 416th BG to convert it's crews to the A-26



  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb 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
  • A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron

    A-26 Combat Evaluation Project 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...


  • 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...

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Taxi Accident 18 October 1944

At approximately 0815, 18 October 1944, aircraft No. 41-39207 was being taxied from the dispersal area to take-off position. Bright sunlight, glaring on the wet runway, concealed a hole which was being repaired in the runway. Consequently the pilot, Lt., Stebbins, taxied the aircraft into the hole. The shock broke the down lock on the right landing gear, and the gear collapsed. As a result, the right propeller, right engine nacelle, and right wing tip were damaged.

Investigation disclosed that radio instructions on taxiing had stated that no taxiing was to be done on the grass, but that taxiing was to be confined to the taxi strips. However, specific instructions as to obstructions on the runway which was normally used for taxiing were not given. Consequently the pilot was unaware of the condition of the runway.


Date Contributor Update
12 March 2021 14:43:22 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 02:58:08 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and place associations