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2, 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. AN ARN-14C VOR ILS GLIDE SLOPE ANTENNA HF-I03 ANTENNA AN ARN-6 ADF LOOP ANTENNA AN ARC-27 UHF ANTENNA VHF-IOI ANTENNA AN ARN-6 ADF SENSE ANTENNA AN APX-25 IFF SIF ANl'ENNA 8. 9. 10. II. 12. 13. 14. O. lA-26A-533 RADAR TRANSPONDER ANTENNA Antenna suite was sophisticated for B-26Ks, as drawn for a technical manual. (Don Keller collection) the cause was ultimately traced to a quirk originating out of the use of underwing bomb pylons on these Invaders to carry 750-pound bombs. The weight of the wing bombs did not overstress the B-26s in flight, but repeated bouncing over uneven taxiways, ramps, and runways was flexing the wings downward under the heavy bomb loads, hastening their structural fatigue.

General Barcus orchestrated a test, for which hand-picked B-26 crews from the two night interdiction wings were told to bomb and strafe, in daylight, trucks placed on a target range. Test results were sobering: Only five percent of the bombs hit within 75 feet of the aiming point, and trucks not carrying volatile cargoes were not likely to be damaged by bombs falling more than 50 feet away. Gunnery accuracy in the tests, from a range of 2,000 feet, produced about two percent hits on a target 10 feet by 10 feet.

Air Force A-26 operations were United States to describe a direc- discontinued in November 1969, tion of travel, as explained in the with nine A-26As from Tactical Air Counter Invader draft: " ... An air- Command, and one returning aircraft going from Texas to Washing- craft from Southeast Asia, placed ton is proceeding in a northwest- in desert storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. " others were released under proviSometimes A-26As worked with sions of the Military Assistance C-123 or C-130 FACs at night.

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