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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 support command of the Project Squadron remained autonomous under Major Howard Burhanna. The aircraft wore the yellow tail band of the 386th BG and the squadron codes of the 553rd BS. Later the aircraft were used to convert other 9th AF units to the A-26.

Commanding officers
  • Howard Burhanna

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander

Structure

Part of
  • 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...

  • 553rd Bomb Squadron
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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Great Dunmow August 1944 – September 194

Connections

People

  • Howard Burhanna

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander

Aircraft

  • 41-39199

    A-26 Invader

  • 41-39208

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

  • 41-39207

    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

  • 41-39183

    A-26 Invader

  • 41-39196

    A-26 Invader
    Originally part of the A-26 Combat Evaluation Project Squadron attached to the 386th BG, this a/c was being used for transition training by the 416th BG when it crashed.

  • 41-39145

    A-26 Invader

  • 41-39186

    A-26 Invader

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 03:18:34 466thHistorian Changes to commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

"A-26 Invader Units of World War 2" - Jim Roeder
pages 17-18

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 02:53:20 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
Sources

A-26 Invader Units of World War 2 - Jim Roeder, page 12 & 13

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