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A-26 Invader

This a/c is believed to be at the United States Museum of Naval Aviation, posibbly undergoing restoration as it does not appear to be on display currently.



  • Edward Backus

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 12th Bomb Group
    Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. ...

  • Robert Bower

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group
    Bower became a Presbyterian Minister after the war

  • Francis Brewster

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

  • Robert Gruetzemacher

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

  • Lumir Prucha

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group



Event Location Date
First 416th BG Combat Mission Haguenau, France 17 November 1944
Final 416th BG Combat Mission Worms, Germany 18 March 1945

Only one returning crew member was injured, Lt W.D. Chitty Jr. He counted over 80 holes in his plane, 20 in one engine and yet the engine ran. Flak cracked both his windshields and glass grazed his wrist.
This a/c flew 35 combat missions


Date Contributor Update
04 March 2021 04:08:34 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations