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Case History Of A-26 Airplane

In October, 1945 the Historical Division, Intelligence, T-2, Air Technical Service Command at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio produced the "Case History Of A-26 Airplane" study. This Case History summarized the initial planning and development of the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. A-26 Invader aircraft, through evaluations and subsequent deployment during WWII. 124 Original Supporting Documents were also provided.

The "Case History of A-26 Airplane" is available from the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) on Microfilm as PDF REEL: 3830, IRISREF: A2062, IRISNUM: 00142056, indexed at Air Force History Index.org. Many microfilm pages were very difficult to impossible to read. Our sincere thanks go to Ms. Tammy Horton at the AFHRA for graciously re-scanning the original paper pages which have been extracted from the PDF file she provided, digitally enhanced in an attempt to improve legibility, recombined into multiple PDF files by subject included below.

The "Case History Of A-26 Airplane" includes the following (click the link to view the corresponding PDF):
Introduction, 4 page Summary of the A-26 Airplane, and 29 page Supporting Documents Summaries
Photographs of XA-26A (DE) Prototype S/N 41-19505 (3); XA-26B (DE) Prototype S/N 41-19588 (1); and A-26B-1-DL S/N 41-39100 (2)
A-26B Light Bomber Performance Characteristics (February 7, 1946)
124 Original Supporting Documents (VERY large, 287 page PDF file - see also individual document list below)
All 345 "Case History of the A-26 Airplane" pages, graciously rescanned from the original paper copy by Ms. Tammy Horton of the AFHRA are also available in a single PDF file, but please be aware this file is VERY large.

For additional information on Prototype XA-26 aircraft, see the "Experimental Models" section of the Invader Historical Foundation Invader Models page.



Original Supporting Documents

Listed below are the 124 individual Original Supporting Documents included in the
"Case History Of A-26 Airplane", one PDF file per document. Click a Document Number link to view that PDF.

Because some pages are very difficult to read, included as the first page of each
PDF file is the corresponding extract from the Supporting Documents Summaries pages.
The page counts shown below each Document Number indicates the original page count, not including the Summary.

Document
Number
Document Type/Date, From, To, File Subject or Description
1
[3 pages]
(U) Ltr. 5 Nov. 1940
Fr: Maj. F.O. Carroll Chief, Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
[Priorities for the preliminary Douglas Aircraft Co. design studies, giving the new and improved model of a light bomber first priority.]
2
[2 pages]
(U) TT 11 Dec. 1940
Fr: Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Exp. Eng. Sect., Wash.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
[Douglas Aircraft Co. conducting design studies, hopefully resulting in an experimental light bomber to be 1942 successor to the A-20.]
3
[5 pages]
(U) Ltr. 28 Jan. 1941
Fr: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
To: Contr. Officer Mat. Div., WF
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Experimental Airplanes - Light Bombardment and Night Fighter Types - Proposal for
4
[3 pages]
(C) Memo 7 Feb. 1941
Fr: E.W. Miller Head Mech. Engr., LMAL Langley Field, Va.
To: Engineer-in-charge, LMAL Langley Field, Va.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Conference with representative of the Douglas Company and the Army Liaison Office on the XA-26 airplane.
5
[4 pages]
(C) IOM 13 Feb. 1941
Fr: Lt. Col. F.O. Carroll Chief, Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Contr. Sect., WF
(File: Contract Files)
Proposed Procurement of XA-26 and XA-26A Douglas Airplanes.
6
[3 pages]
(U) Ltr. 28 Feb. 1941
Fr: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
To: Contr. Officer Mat. Div., WF
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Bid on A-26 Airplanes
7
[10 pages]
(C) Rpt. 22 April 1941
By: Capt. Malcohm Green, Jr. McChord Field
(File: Contract Files)
Recommendations Mockup Board XA-26 Airplane
8
[4 pages]
(C) Memo Rpt. No. EXP-M-50-534 28 April 1941
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Mock-up Inspection of Douglas XA-26 Airplane
9
[2 pages]
(C) IOM 26 May 1941
Fr: Lt. Col. A.E. Jones Chief, Contr. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Mat. Div. OCAC, Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
Contract W-535 AC-17946 with Douglas Company For XA-26 and XA-26A Airplanes, model and data.
10
[1 page]
(C) Contract W535 ac-17946 2 June 1941
(File: Contract Files)
Contract for: 1 XA-26 AIRPLANE AND 1 XA-26A AIRPLANE, DATA, MODEL AND TESTS
11
[3 pages]
(U) Chg. Ord. 1 to Contr. W535 ac-17946 9 June 1941
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Exercise of Option
12
[3 pages]
(C) Ltr. 1 July 1941
Fr: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
To: Asst. Chief, Mat. Div., WF Attn: Airc. Projects Exp. Eng. Sect.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Contract AC-17946 Model XA-26 & XA-A26A Airplanes Replacement of Power Plant Assembly
13
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 30 July 1941
Fr: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Cal.
To: Contracting Officer, Mat. Div., WF
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Revised Bid on A-26 Airplanes
14
[2 pages]
(U) Ltr. 31 Oct. 1941
Fr: Brig. Gen. O.P. Echols Chief, Mat. Div., Wash.
To: Under Secy War, Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W 535 ac-21393
15
[1 page]
(U) Contract W535 ac-21393 31 Oct. 1941
(File: Contract Files)
Contact for: Five Hundred (500 Light Bombardment Airplanes, Air Corps Model A-26, Spare Parts Therefor and Data, one (1) Skeleton Airplane and one (1) Model Airplane, Free Spinning
16
[4 pages]
(C) Ltr. 21 Apr. 1942
Fr: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
To: CG, Mat. Center, WF Attn: Airc. Proj., Exp. Eng. Sect.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
Subject: Contract AC-17946 Model XA-26B Airplane Four 37 MM Cannon Nose Proposal
17
[3 pages]
(C) Ltr. 8 May 1942
Fr: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
To: CG, AAFMC, WF
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Contract W535 ac-26294 A-20C Airplanes, Contract W535 ac-21393 Model A-26 Airplanes Delivery Schedule
18
[4 pages]
(U) TT 9 May 1942
Fr: Prod. Eng. Sect. Mat. Center, WF
To: Tech. Exec., Mat. Com., Wash
(File: Contract Files)
A-26 AIRPLANES. FOLLOWING COMMENTS AND INFORMATION ARE FORWARDED.
19
[1 page]
(C) IOM 16 May 1942
Fr: Col. F.O. Carroll Chief, Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Ind. Plan. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: Contract ac-17946 XA-26 Airplane, Delivery of Contractor Furnished Landing Gear Struts.
20
[2 pages]
(C) IOM 16 May 1942
Fr: Col. F.O. Carroll Chief, Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF Attn: Attack Br.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: Contract ac-17946 XA-26B Airplane, Modifications to Tank Destroyer Type.
21
[2 pages]
(U) TT 8 June 1942
Fr: Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Prod. Sect. Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
A-26 AIRPLANES. INFORMATION CONTAINED IN REFERENCE TELETYPE WAS DISCUSSED AT LENGTH WITH CONTRACTOR AND INDICATOINS ARE THAT ALL DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS CAN BE OBTAINED.
22
[4 pages]
(C) Memo Rpt. PFS-M-33 9 June 1942
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: A-26 Airplane Production of Various Configurations.
23
[1 page]
(C) Ltr. 22 June 1942
Fr: Col. O.R. Cook Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Contract W535-ac-21393 Model A-26 Airplanes Delivery Schedule
24
[1 page]
(U) TT 11 July 1942
Fr: Exp. Eng. Sect., WF
To: CG, AAF, Mat. Com., Wash.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
FIRST FLIGHT OF ONE HOUR DURATION MADE JULY 10 ON DOUGLAS XA-26 AIRPLANE.
25
[3 pages]
(C) CTI-796 18 July 1942
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Installation of 75 mm Cannon in A-26 Airplanes.
26
[1 page]
(U) TT 24 Aug. 1942
Fr: Col. O.R. Cook Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: AAFRR, Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
CONTRACT AC-21393. A-26 AIRPLANES.
27
[8 pages]
(C) Ltr. 3 Sept. 1942
Fr: Col. O.R. Cook Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Contract AC-21393 Model A-26 Airplanes Design Changes
28
[2 pages]
(C) IOM 7 Sept. 1942
Fr: Col. D.L. Putt Chief, Bomb. Br. Exp. Eng. Sect, WF
To: Chief, Airc. Proj., WF
(File: Central Files)
Gun Armament Installations in the A-26 Airplane
29
[4 pages]
(C) Ltr. 10 Sept. 1942
Fr: Col. O.R. Cook Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Contracts AC-21393 and AC-17946 Model A-26 and XA-26 Airplanes Design Changes
30
[4 pages]
(U) TT 16 Sept. 1942
Fr: Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Exec., Mat. Com., Wash.
(File: Central Files)
[Request the establishment of priorities for the various armament installations being studied by Douglas.]
31
[1 page]
(S) IOM 31 Oct. 1942
Fr: Col. O.R. Cook Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: CG, Mat. Com., Wash. Attn: AC/AS (P)
(File: Central Files)
A-26 and A-32 Airplanes
32
[2 pages]
(C) Ltr. 4 Dec. 1942
Fr: Brig. Gen. K.B. Wolfe Chief, Prod. Div., WF
To: Mr. Donald Douglas Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: Engineering Personnel and Loading
33
[2 pages]
(C) Ltr. 8 Dec. 1942
Fr: Brig. Gen. F.O. Carroll Chief, Eng. Div., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Contracts AC-17946 and AC-21393 ZA-26 and A-26 Series Airplanes Various Proposed Armament Arrangements
34
[1 page]
(U) Ltr. 9 Dec. 1942
Fr: Brig. Gen. F.B. Wolfe Chief, Prod. Div., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal. Attn: E.H. Heineman
(File: Central Files)
Message to All Employees Working on the A-26 Airplane.
35
[3 pages]
(U) Ltr. 17 Dec. 1942
Fr: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
To: CG, AAF, Mat. Center, WF
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Engineering Personnel and Loading
36
[3 pages]
(U) IOM 22 Dec. 1942
Fr: Col. H.Z. Bogert Chief, Tech. Staff, Eng. Div., WF
To: Chief, Eng. Div., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: Experimental A-26 Armament Program
37
[3 pages]
(C) CTI-943 Addendum No. 1 30 Dec. 1942
Fr: Brig. Gen. B.W. Chidlaw AC/S, (E), Wash.
To: Tech. Exec., Mat. Center WF
(File: Contract Files)
Subject; Various Development of Noses for A-26 Airplanes.
38
[3 pages]
(C) IOM 2 Jan. 1943
Fr: Col. H.Z. Bogert Chief, Tech. Staff, Eng. Div., WF
To: Chief, Eng. Div., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. Experimental Projects
39
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 11 Jan. 1943
Fr: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
To: C.G. AAF Mat. Center, WF Attn: Prod. Eng. Sect.
(File: Central Files)
Subject: A-26 Manufacturing Program Contracts AC-21393 and AC-34433
40
[4 pages]
(C) Ltr. 14 Jan. 1943
Fr: Brig. Gen. A.E. Jones Chief, Proc. Div., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Subject: Contract AC-21393 Model A-26B Airplanes Design Changes
41
[1 page]
(U) E.C. Contr. W535 ac-21393 19 Jan. 1943
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Model Designation Change
42
[2 pages]
(C) IOM 22 Jan. 1943
Fr: Brig. Gen. F.O. Carroll Chief, Eng. Div., WF
To: C.G., Mat. Com. Hdq. AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/S (E)
(File: Central Files)
A-26B Airplanes - Various Development Noses
43
[3 pages]
(C) Ltr. 22 Feb. 1943
Fr: Brig. Gen. A.E. Jones Chief, Proc. Div., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Subject: Contracts AC-21393 & AC-34433 Model A-26B Airplanes Procurement of Bomber Version
44
[1 page]
(C) Ltr. 22 Feb. 1943
Fr: Col. H.Z. Bogert Chief, Tech. Staff, Eng. Div., WF
To: Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. El Segundo, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Contract AC-17946, XA-26 Airplane Contract AC-21393, A-26 Airplane Armament Arrangements
45
[2 pages]
(C) IOM 27 Feb. 1943
Fr: Lt. Col. F.R. Cook Chief, Bomb. Br., WF
To: Chief, Aero Equip. Br. Prod Eng. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: CTI-943, Addendum No. 1 A-26 Airplanes
46
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 9 March 1943
Fr: Maj. Gen. O.P. Echols CG, Mat. Com., Wash.
To: The Uder Secy. of War Attn: Col. Park Holland
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W 535 ac-34433 w/Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.
47
[2 pages]
(S) Ltr. 15 March 1943
Fr: Col. M.E. Gross Acting Dir. Mil. Req. M&S, Wash.
To: CG, Mat. Com., WF
(File: AC/AS-4)
SUBJECT: A-26 Type Airplane
48
[2 pages]
(U) Contract W535 ac-34433 17 March 1943
(File: Contract Files)
Contract For: 500 A-26B Airplanes, Spare Parts and Data
49
[2 pages]
(C) TT 29 April 1943
Fr: AC/AS, MM&D Mat. Div., Wash.
To: C.G., Mat. Center, WF Attn: Prod. Div.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
NOSES FOR A-26 AIRPLANES CTI-943.
50
[3 pages]
(S) IOM 10 May 1943
Fr: Col. S.R. Brentnall Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Administrative Office, Prod. Div., WF
(File: Central Files)
Gun Noses for A-26B Airplanes
51
[1 page]
(U) IOM, 23 Aug. 1943
Fr: Col. S.R. Brentnall Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: Chief, Flight Research Liaison Br., Eng. Div., WF
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: Assignment of First Ten Production A-26B-1-DL Airplanes
52
[1 page]
(R) IOM 28 Aug. 1943
Fr: Col. H.Z. Bogert Chief, Tech. Staff, Eng. Div., WF
To: Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF Attn: Spec. Br.
(File: Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.)
SUBJECT: XA-26C Airplane
53
[2 pages]
(U) TI-1583 18 Dec. 1943
Fr: Col. T.A. Sims Dep. C/S, WF
To: Eng. Div., WF
(File: Central Files)
A-26 Airplane. Design Studies and Possible Modification
54
[3 pages]
(U) IOM 24 Jan. 1944
Fr: Brig. Gen. F.O. Carroll Chief, Eng. Div., WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, MM&D Devel. Eng. Br.
(File: Central Files)
A-26B Airplanes - Design Studies re Installation of Co-Pilot and Additional Guns
55
[2 pages]
(C) Ltr. 3 March 1944
Fr: Capt. E.H. Wynn Asst. Tech. Exec., WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, MM&D Prod. Br., Mat. Div.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: Armament Requirements for A-26 Airplanes
56
[1 page]
(C) Ltr. 8 March 1944
Fr: Col. G.E. Price Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
To: C.G., ASC, Patterson Field Attn: Tech. Rep. Unit Col. Dickerson
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Contract W535 AC-21393 Model A-26B Airplanes Technical Representative for Four Airplanes for Special Project Assignment in 5th Air Force
57
[1 page]
(S) R&R-1, 13 March 1944
Fr: Gen. H.H. Arnold CG, AAF, Wash.
To: Maj. Gen. O.P. Echols AC/AS, M&S, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
SUBJECT: Modification of Airplanes
58
[1 page]
(S) R&R-3, 16 March 1944
Fr: Maj. Gen. O.P. Echols AC/AS, MM&D, Wash.
To: Maj. Gen. B.M. Giles C/AS, MM&D, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
SUBJECT: Modification of Airplanes
59
[5 pages]
(C) R&R-1, 22 March 1944
Fr: AC/AS, MM&D, Mat. Div., Wash.
To: AC/AS, OC&R, Req. Div., Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
SUBJECT: Additional Tactical Range in A-26 Airplane
60
[2 pages]
(U) Supp. Agree. 13 to Contr. W535 ac-21393 29 March 1944
(File: Contract Files)
SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR: 1100 A-26B Airplanes, Spare Parts, Special Hand Tools and Data
61
[2 pages]
(U) Supp. Agree. 3 Contr. W535 ac-34433 29 March 1944
(File: Contract Files)
SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR: 1600 A-26B Airplanes, Spare Parts, Special Tools and Data.
62
[3 pages]
(C) Ltr. 11 April 1944
Fr: Brig. Gen. D.F. Stace Dist. Supvr., W. Proc. Dist., Los Angeles, Cal.
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/S, MM&D
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: A-26 Type Airplane
63
[2 pages]
(C) Ltr. 24 Apr. 1944
Fr: Col. G.E. Price Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect. WF
To: Chief, Tr. Aids Div. New York City Attn: Chief, Devel. Br.
(File: Central Files)
Subject: Development of Training Aids for A-26B Airplanes
64
[3 pages]
(S) Memo 18 May 1944
Fr: Maj. Gen. H.A. Craig AC/AS, OC&R, Wash.
To: Brig. Gen. P.W. Timberlake Dep. C/AS, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: Introduction of A-26 Aircraft to the European Theatre.
65
[1 page]
(U) IOM 18 May 1944
Fr: Col. F.N. Moyers Actg. Chief, Airc. Lab. Eng. Div., WF
To: Bomb. Br., Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Flight Restrictions of A-26B Airplanes.
66
[4 pages]
(U) IOM 13 June 1944
Fr: Col. P.H. Kemmer Chief, Airc. Lab. Eng. Div., WF
To: Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Redesign of the Wings of the Douglas A-26B Airplane.
67
[4 pages]
(C) Rpt. 29 July 1944
Fr: Capt. S.E. McFadden A-26 Liaison officer, WF
To: CG, AAF Mat. Com., WF Attn: Dept. 70-2
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Report on Operations, Maintenance and Tactical Suitability of Four (4) A-26B Airplanes Assigned to 5th Air Force.
68
[2 pages]
(U) IOM 5 Aug. 1944
Fr: Col. P.H. Kemmer Chief, Airc. Lab. Eng. Div., WF
To: Chief, Prod. Eng. Sect., WF, Attn: Bomb. Br.
(File: Central Files)
A-26B Bomb Bay Investigations
69
[2 pages]
(U) Ltr. 16 Aug. 1944
Fr: Bomb Br., Prod. Sect. Prod. Div., WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, M&S, Mat. Div.
(File: Central Files)
A-26B Airplanes Design of 8 Gun Nose (.50 Caliber)
70
[3 pages]
(C) Ltr. 19 Aug. 1944
Fr: Brig. Gen. F.O. Carroll Chief, Eng. Div., WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, M&S Develop. Eng. Br.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: A-26 Airplane - R-2800-22W Installation.
71
[1 page]
(S) Memo 6 Sept. 1944
Fr: Col. W.F. McKee Dep. AC/AS, OC&R, Wash.
To: Maj. Gen. B.M. Giles C/AS, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: A-26's for General Kenney.
72
[1 page]
(C) R&R 28 Sept. 1944
Fr: Col. G.A. Hatcher Prod. Div., WF
To: Chief, Prod. Sect., Proc. Div., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Theater Comments on A-26 Type Airplanes
73
[4 pages]
(U) TT 30 Sept. 1944
Fr: Col. G.E. Price Prod. Sect., WF
To: Prod. Br., Mat. Div. M&S, Wash.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
NEW PILOT'S CANOPY FOR A-26 AIRPLANES, MCR 190. REFERENCE CTI-1737 DATED 8 JUNE 44.
74
[1 page]
(S) 1st Ind. 5 Oct. 1944
By: Maj. Gen. H.S. Vandenberg CG, Ninth Air Force
To: CG, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subj: Report of A-26 Combat Suitability Missions.
75
[1 page]
(U) TT 9 Oct. 1944
Fr: CG, AAF, Wash.
To: Dir. ATSC, WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
[Believed that Douglas could have made new pilot's canopy changes quicker]
76
[1 page]
(U) TG 13 Oct. 1944
Fr: Col. G.E. Price Prod. Sect., WF
To: Prod. Br., Mat. Div. M&S, Wash.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
A-26B & A-26C AIRPLANES. MCR-190. REDISIGNED PILOT'S CANOPY.
77
[1 page]
(C) R&R 16 Oct. 1944
Fr: Lt. Col. W.T. Rison Chief, Bomb. Br., WF
To: Prod. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Theater Comments on A-26 Type Airplanes
78
[3 pages]
(S) Memo 19 Oct. 1944
Fr: Maj. Gen. H.A. Craig AC/AS, OC&R, Wash.
To: C/AS, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: Brief of a Report on A-26 Combat Suitability Missions in ETO
79
[1 page]
(U) TT 21 Oct. 1944
Fr: CG, AAF, Wash.
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: Gen. Wolfe
(File: Central Files)
[Opinion that existing Douglas organization would continually result in 3-6 months delays in production changes as Douglas-Tulsa]
80
[2 pages]
(U) Ltr. 26 Oct. 1944
Fr: Brig. Gen. K.B. Wolfe Chief, of Eng. and Proc. ATSC, WF
To: Maj. Gen. W.T. Larson CG, 3rd AF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
A-26B & A-26C Airplanes Malfunction of Nose Gear Down Lock
81
[1 page]
(U) TT 28 Oct. 1944
Fr: Col. G.E. Price Prod. Sect., ATSC, WF
To: Prod. Pr., Mat. Div., M&S, Wash.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
CONTRACTS W535 AC-21393 & AC-34433, A-26B & A-26C AIRPLANES. MCR 190, REDISIGNED PILOT'S CANOPY.
82
[2 pages]
(U) TG 23 Nov. 1944
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Proc. Div., WF
To: AAFRR, Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
RE CONTRACTS AC-21393 & AC-34433, A-26B & A-26C AIRPLANES. ESTABLISHMENT OF A-26 COMMITTEE.
83
[2 pages]
(S) Memo 26 Nov. 1944
Fr: Brig. Gen. D. Wilson AC/AS, OC&R, Wash.
To: C/AS, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: A-26 Conversion Program
84
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 30 Nov. 1944
Fr: Col. W.F. Volandt Asst. Chf., Proc. Div. OAC/AS, M&S, Wash.
To: Spec. Rep. of Under Secy. War
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W 33-038 ac-5140 [2000 A-26C's]
85
[5 pages]
(U) Ltr. 30 Nov. 1944
Fr: Col. W.F. Volandt Asst. Chief, Proc. Div. OACAS, M&S, Wash.
To: Spec. Rep. Under Secy. War, Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W 33-038 ac-5141 [400 A-26B's]
86
[2 pages]
(U) Contract W33-038 ac-5140 8 Dec. 1944
(File: Contract Files)
Contract For: AAF Model A-26C Airplanes, Spare Parts
87
[1 page]
(U) Contract W33-038 ac-5141 8 Dec. 1944
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Contract For: AAF Model A-26B Airplanes, Spare Parts, Tools and Equipment and Data Therefor
88
[1 page]
(U) R&R 26 Dec. 1944
Fr: Col. B.L. Boatner Actg. Chief, Proc. Div., WF
To: Chief of Administration, WF Attn: Maj. E.H. Wynn
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Contracts w353 AC-21393 & AC-34433 Models A-26B & A-26C Airplanes
89
[3 pages]
(S) Ltr. 4 Jan. 1945
Fr: Maj. Gen. S.E. Anderson 9th Bomb. Div. (M) A.P.O. 140, U.S. Army
To: Gen. H.H. Arnold CG, AAF, Wash.
(File: Central Files)
[Gen. Anderson summary of 9th Bomb. Div. A-26 combat experience]
90
[2 pages]
(U) R&R 6 Jan. 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Actg. Chief, Prod. Sect. Proc. Div., WF
To: Prod. Div., WF Attn: Col. Boatner
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Summary of the A-26 Program for 1944
91
[1 page]
(U) R&R 16 Jan. 1945
Fr: Brig. Gen. O.R. Cook Chief, Proc. Div., WF
To: Deputy Director, Prod. Div., WF Attn: Maj. E.H. Wynn
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
A-26 Airplanes -- Power Plant Rework
92
[2 pages]
(C) Ltr. 25 Jan. 1945
Fr: Col. V.R. Haugen Asst. Chief, Bomb. Br., Eng. Div., WF
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: Capt. R.G. Bache Airc. Proj., Eng. Div.
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: Design Deficiencies - A-26 Series Aircraft.
93
[1 page]
(U) TT 7 Feb. 1945
Fr: Brig. Gen. R.G. Harris ATSC, Mid-W. Prod. Dist. Wichita, Kansas
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: Gen. Cook
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
[Steps taken at Douglas-Tulsa to improve acceptances of A-26 airplanes]
94
[2 pages]
(S) Ltr. 9 Feb. 1945
Fr: Col. J.A. Gibbs Chief, Airc. Proj. Br. Mat. Div. OACAS, M&S, Wash
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: Asst. for Tech. Matters
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: Report on A-26 Airplane Operations from Commanding General, Ninth Bombardment Division.
95
[2 pages]
(U) Ltr. 14 Feb. 1945
Fr: Brig. Gen. R.G. Harris ATSC, Mid-W. Prod. Dist. Wichita, Kansas
To: Maj. Gen. B.E. Meyers ATSC, WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
[Gen. Harris stated that frequently airplane designs as presented to higher authority were incomplete, defective, and improperly designed.]
96
[2 pages]
(U) Tel. Conv. 14 Feb. 1945
Brig. Gen. R.G. Harris CG, Mid-W. Proc. Dist. Col. H.A. Strauss, AAFRR Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Tulsa, Okla. W.G. Jerrems, Jr., Plant Mgr., Douglas Airc. Co., Incl, Tulsa, Okla.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Tulsa Production
97
[3 pages]
(S) 1st Ind. 22 Feb. 1945
Fr: Maj. H.F. Mullins Office, Chief of Admin. WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, M&S Prod. Br., Mat. Div., Wash.
(File: Central Files)
Subj: Technical Difficulty on the A-26 Airplane as Reported by the United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe
98
[3 pages]
(R) Ltr. 23 Feb. 1945
Fr: Lt. Col. G.A. Neuberg Recorder, AAF Board, Orlando, Fla.
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: AAF Board Liaison Office
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Fires in the nacelles of the A-26 Airplane.
99
[1 page]
(U) R&R 13 March 1945
Fr: Lt. Col. W.T. Rison Chief, Bomb. Br., Proc. Div., WF
To: Prod. Sect., WF Attn: Capt. Fletcher
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Comments on Exerpts from Report of Inspection of Production Section, 12 Mar 45
100
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 5 Apr. 1945
Fr: Brig. Gen. A.E. Jones Chief, Proc. Div. OACAS, M&S, Wash.
To: Spec. Rep. of Under Secy. War, Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W 33-038 ac-5140
101
[2 pages]
(U) Suppl. Agree. 6 Contract W33-038 ac-5141 13 April 1945
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR: 350 A-26D Airplanes, Spares, Tools and Data
102
[1 page]
(C) Ltr. 17 April 1945
Fr: Col. H.G. Bunker Chief, Airc. Proj. Br., Mat. Div. OACAS, M&S, Wash
To: Dir., ATSC, WF Attn: Asst. for Tech. Matters
(File: Central Files)
SUBJECT: Change in Nose Ratio for A-26 Production Line
103
[4 pages]
(U) Ltr. 17 Apr. 1945
Fr: Brig. Gen. O.R. Cook Chief, Proc. Div., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Long Beach, Cal. and Tulsa, Okla.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Contracts W535 AC-21393 & AC-34433, Models A-26B & A-26C Airplanes Landing Gear Failures and Malfunctions
104
[2 pages]
(S) Memo 9 May 1945
Fr: R.A. Lovett Asst. Secy War (Air) Wash.
To: Deputy Commander, AAF, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
[Suggestion to re-examine WX-9 schedule for A-26 airplanes]
105
[2 pages]
(S) Memo 16 May 1945
Fr: Maj. Gen. D. Wilson AC/AS, OC&R, Wash.
To: Deputy Commander, AAF, Wash.
(File: AC/AS-4)
Subject: B-17 and A-26 Requirements and Production
106
[1 page]
(U) Ltr. 31 May 1945
Fr: Lt. W.M. Howell Contracting Officer Term. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Tulsa, Okla.
(File: Contract Files)
[Contract W33-038 ac-5140 terminated]
107
[1 page]
(U) R&R 5 June 1945
Fr: Lt. Col. W.A. Davis Actg. Chief, Bomb. Br. Prod. Div., WF
To: Prod. Sect., WF Attn: Col. Shepard
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
A-26 Airplanes, Cut-Back of Tulsa Schedule.
108
[1 page]
(U) TT 7 June 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Actg. Chief, Prod. Sect. Proc. Div., WF
To: CG, AAF, Wash. Attn: AC/AS, M&S Mat. Div.
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
CONTRACT W535-AC-21393 A-26D AIRPLANES. INSTALLATION OF R-2800-83 "C" ENGINES, MCR-110.
109
[1 page]
(U) R&R 30 June 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Chief, Prod. Sect. Proc. Div., WF
To: BAC, WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
Difference Between A-26B and A-26C Airplanes
110
[1 page]
(S) Cablegram 15 July 1945
Fr: CG, FEAF, Manila, Philippines
To: War Dept., Wash. Attn: Gen. H.H. Arnold
(File: AC/AS-4)
[CG, FEAF, stated the A-26 airplane with 8 gun nose and without bottom turret was highly satisfactory]
111
[5 pages]
(C) TI-2026, Add. 84 24 July 1945
Fr: Col. K.H. Bitting Chief of Admin., WF
To: Proc. Div., WF
(File: Central Files)
Subject: Modification of A-26 Airplanes for Photo Reconnaissance Use
112
[1 page]
(U) TT 9 Aug. 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Chief, Prod. Sect., Proc. Div., WF
To: AAFPR, Douglas Airc. Co., Inc., Tulsa, Okla. AAFPR, Douglas Airc. Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
CONTRACT AC-32123, MODEL A-26B AIRPLANES. TOW TARGET MODIFICATIONS.
113
[2 pages]
(U) TT 10 Aug. 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Chief, Prod. Sect., Proc. Div., WF
To: AAFPR, Douglas Airc. Co., Inc., Long Beach, Cal. AAFPR, Douglas Airc. Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Cal. Attn: W.S. Fryer
(File: Contract Files)
CONTRACTS AC-21393 & AC-32123, A-26B AIRPLANES. MODIFICATIONS OF NIGHT INTRUDER.
114
[2 pages]
(U) TG 13 Aug. 1945
Fr: Capt. W.M. Howell Contracting Officer Term. Sect., WF
To: Resouces Division OC/AS, M&S, Wash.
(File: Contract Files)
[Contract W535 ac-34433 terminated, except 1 A-26C]
115
[1 page]
(U) IOM 13 Aug. 1945
Fr: Col. M.F. Cooper Chief, Airc. Proj. Sect. Eng. Div., WF
To: Airc. Radio and Radar Subdiv., WF Attn: Col. H.R. Yeager
(File: Contract Files)
SUBJECT: Contract W535 AC-21393 Acceptance Inspection of XA-26F Airplane.
116
[2 pages]
(C) Memo 17 Aug. 1945
Fr: Capt. R.F. Bache Prod. Sect., WF
To: Lt. Col. W.A. Davis Chief, Bomb. Br., Proc. Div. WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Report of Trip to Southwest Pacific Theatre in Connection with Introduction of A-26B Airplanes in FEAF
117
[1 page]
(R) Ltr. 18 Aug. 1945
Fr: Maj. C.R. Hawks Chief, Eng. Sect. Prod. Div., W. Proc. Dist. Los Angeles, Cal.
To: Chief, Eng. Div., ATSC, WF Attn: Serv. Eng. Sect. Airc. Projects
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Progress Report, Contract No. W353 AC-21393, Project X-32823 (XA-26F), Installation of I-16 Power Plant in A-26D Airplane, Serial No. 44-39586.
118
[1 page]
(U) Ltr. 27 Aug. 1945
Fr: Capt. W.M. Howell Contracting Officer Term. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Long Beach, Cal.
(File: Rec. Unit, Proc. Div.)
Subject: Letter Termination Notice Contract No. W33-038 AC-5141 Docket No. 22633 Class No. 01-A
119
[1 page]
(U) Ltr. 27 Aug. 1945
Fr: Capt. W.M. Howell Contracting Officer Term. Sect., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Long Beach, Cal.
(File: Contract Files)
Subject: Letter Termination Notice Contract No. W535 AC-21393 Docket No. 22632 Class No. 01-A
120
[1 page]
(U) Memo 30 Aug. 1945
Fr: Capt. R.F. Bache Prod. Sect., WF
To: Maj. C. O. Waterbury Prod. Sect., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Informal Agreement between A-26 Unit and Douglas Long Beach Plant
121
[1 page]
(U) R&R 3 Sept. 1945
Fr: Col. H.A. Shepard Chief, Prod. Sect., Proc. Div., WF
To: Eng. Div., WF
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
A-26Z Airplane - Proposal for
122
[1 page]
(R) Ltr. 3 Oct. 1945
Fr: Maj. C.R. Hawks Eng. Div., Liaison Officer West. Proc. Dist. Los Angeles, Cal.
To: Chief, Eng. Div. ATSC, WF Attn: Serv. Eng. Sect. Airc. Projects
(File: Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.)
SUBJECT: Progress Report, Contract No. W353 AC-21393, Project X-32823 (XA-26F), Installation of I-16 Power Plant in A-26D Airplane, Serial No. 44-39586.
123
[3 pages]
(U) Ltr. 3 Oct. 1945
Fr: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Santa Monica, Cal.
To: CG, ATSC, WF Attn: Col. W.T. Rison Airc. Sect., Proc. Div.
(File: Central Files)
Subject: Proposal on A-26Z Airplane
124
[1 page]
(U) Ltr. 31 Oct. 1945
Fr: Col. G.A. Hatcher Chief, Airc. Sect., Proc. Div., WF
To: Douglas Airc. Co., Inc. Long Beach, Cal.
(File: Central Files)
A-26Z Airplane Proposal


Abbreviations include:

Security Classifications:
AbbreviationDescription   AbbreviationDescription
(C)Confidential   (S)Secret
(R)Restricted   (U)Unclassified


Document Types:
AbbreviationDescription   AbbreviationDescription
E.C. Contr.???   Rpt.Report
Cng. Ord.Change Order   Supp. Agree.Supplemental Agreement
Contr.Contract   Tel. Conv.Telephone Conversation
Ind.Indorsement   TGTelegram
IOMInter-Office Memo   TITechnical Instructions
Ltr.Letter   TTTele-Type
R&RRouting & Record     


Organizations/Locations:
AbbreviationDescription   AbbreviationDescription
AC/S??? Assistant Chief of Staff   Douglas Airc. Co., Inc.Douglas Aircraft Company, Incorporated
BAC???   Exec.Executive
Ind. Plan. Sect.???   Exp. Eng. Sect.Experimental Engineering Section
LMAL???   FEAFFar East Air Force
MM&D???   M&SMateriel and Services
Term. Sect.???   Mat. Com.Materiel Command
AAFArmy Air Forces   Mat. Div.Materiel Division
AAFMCArmy Air Forces Materiel Center   Mid-W.Mid-West
AAFPRArmy Air Forces Plant Representative   OAC/AS or OACASOffice, Assistant Chief of Air Staff
AAFRRArmy Air Forces Resident Representative   OC&ROperations, Commitments and Requirements
AC/AS or ACASAssistant Chief of Air Staff   OCACOffice of the Chief of the Air Corps
Acting Dir. Mil. Req.Activing Directory of Military Requirements   Proc. Div.Procurement Division
Aero Equip. Br.Aero Equipment Branch   Prod. Div.Production Division
Airc. Lab. Eng. Div.Aircraft Laboratory, Engineering Division   Prod. Eng. Sect.Production Engineering Section
Airc. Proj.Aircraft Projects   Prod. Sect.Production Section
Airc. Radio and Radar Subdiv.Aircraft Radio and Radar Subdivision   Spec. Rep.Special Representatives
ASCAir Service Command   Tech. Exec.Technical Executive
Asst. Secy WarAssistant Secretary of War   Tech. Rep. UnitTechnical Representative Unit
ATSCAir Technical Service Command   Tr. Aids Div.Training Aids Division
Bomb. Br.Bombardment Branch   Under Secy WarThe Under Secretary of War
C/ASChief of Air Staff   W. Proc. Dist.Western Procurement District
Contr. Sect.Contract Section   Wash.Washington, D.C.
Dep. C/SDeputy Chief of Staff   WFWright Field, Dayton, Ohio


File Sources:
AbbreviationDescription   AbbreviationDescription
Rec. Unit, Proc. Div.Requisition Unit, Procurement Division ???   Bomb. Br., Eng. Div.Bombardment Branch, Engineering Division
AC/AS-4Assistant Chief of Air Staff-4   Bomb. Br., Proc. Div.Bombardment Branch, Procurement Division




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