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Douglas A-20 Havoc December 11, 2006

Filed under: Gallery — goheadgostan @ 8:11 am

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The Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber was one of the most extensively built of the light bombers of WWII. It was used in a variety of roles, performing them well but without distinction. Initially configured with a standard bomber glass nose, some later versions had a solid nose containing multiple machine guns for use in low-level attacks. Some A-20s equipped with radar equipment were redesignated as P-70s and were used as night fighters until replaced in 1944 by the P-61 “Black Widow”.

The P-70 was given the name Nighthawk, though this name was rarely used. A further variation of the A-20 was the F-3A, which was the photo recon variant. The Havoc was known as the Boston Mark III to the British (who also used it in various theaters), and as the DB-7 to the French.

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3 Responses to “Douglas A-20 Havoc”

  1. Fusek Says:

    First off, I like the picture a lot, nice work. But I have one little point, the American bomber isn’t a A-20 havoc, but a B-26 medium bomber!

  2. […] Douglas A-20 Havoc « Gohead-Gostan Initially configured with a standard bomber glass nose some later versions had a solid nose containing multiple machine guns for use in low-level attacks. Some A-20s equipped with radar equipment were redesignated as P-70s and were . […]

  3. Eric Jelle Says:

    2 Corrections:

    1. Fusek is inncorrect: The above image IS of an A-20 Havoc – my father served and is pictured in front of the infamous “Mama Lou” of the 647th bomb Squadron, 410th Bomb Wing, 9th AAF ETO Tail markings #310127.

    2. Gohead Gostan – you are historically incorrect also in stating in the initial post that the A-20 Havoc performed without distinction. The 410th Bomb Group (Light) earned the coveted Distinguished Unit Citation (now Presidential Unit Citation) for these brave mens’ heroic efforts and remarkable results from Dec 23 – Dec 25 1944. I just reeieved a copy of the verbatim citation from the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency so please be sure to research before posting – there are possibly several other units with Havocs that served with such Valor, Heroism, and dedicated effectiveness during extremely dangerous war combat operations, but I can only cit my father’s unit for now. I was fortunate to serve in the same unit number nearly 50 years later and have great pride for thier efforts so that America. Euope, and the world isn’t all under the Nazi inhumane regime today. Thank you. – Eric


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