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Douglas Fuselage Number (DFN)

A number of photographs of Douglas A-26 Invader Aircraft display a one, two or three digit number positioned on one or both sides of the aircraft, on or near the nose.

I refer to these numbers as a "Douglas Fuselage Number" (DFN) (Thompson, P.34), but they have also been referred to as:
"Production Number", "Douglas Tulsa Fuselage Number", "Douglas Nose Number", "Douglas A-26 Nose Number" and "Cockpit Number".



The following information is based on empirical evidence using photographs, personal communications and
Scott Thompson's "Douglas A-26 and B-26 Invader" book, Appendix: 1 "A-26 Production List", Pages 172-176.

In the majority of photographs showing a DFN, the number is typically located between the vertical red stripe (which is immediatly
in front of the cockpit) and the interchangeable aircraft nose. All of the DFNs in this position that have been cross-referenced
to USAAF Serial Numbers were manufactured at the Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT) Plant.

   



I have encountered photos of two A-26 aircraft which show the DFN located further toward the front of the aircraft, actually painted
on the interchangeable aircraft nose. Both of these aircraft were manufactured at the Douglas Long Beach, California (DL) Plant.

   



See the Aircraft Identifiers webpage for more details and other Aircraft Idenfitication types.
For USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference lists, see:
A-26 Invader USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference Douglas Long Beach (DL) Production, First 500 A/C
A-26 Invader USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference Douglas Tulsa (DT) Production, First 500 A/C



Below are photos of A-26 aircraft which display a Douglas Fuselage Number, along with associated information.
Abbreviations include:
DFN - Douglas Fuselage Number; S/N - USAAF Serial Number; MSN - Manufacturer Serial Number

Douglas Long Beach, California Plant
DFN: 37, S/N: 41-39136, MSN: 6849
A-26B-10-DL
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 17)
DFN: 37, S/N: 41-39136, MSN: 6849
A-26B-10-DL
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 20)
DFN: 37, S/N: 41-39136, MSN: 6849
A-26B-10-DL
Photo Source: (Mesko, 1993, p 7)
DFN: 37, S/N: 41-39136, MSN: 6849
A-26B-10-DL
Photo Source: (AFHRA)
DFN: 223, S/N: 41-39322, MSN: 7035
A-26B-25-DL
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 26)



Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma Plant
DFN: 43, S/N: 43-22294, MSN: 18441
A-26B-10-DT
409th BG, ? BS, ??-G
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 49)
DFN: 45, S/N: 43-22296, MSN: 18443
A-26B-10-DT
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-D
Website Caption: A-26 crews of 670th Bomb Sq. at Melun-Villaroche, France, winter 1944/45. From left to right: Robert L. Kirk (BN), Robert J. Rooney (P), uncertain Johnson, Hugh A. Monroe (P), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown. (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 53, S/N: 43-22304, MSN: 18451
A-26C-16-DT
416th BG, 669th BS, 2A-T
Website Caption: Apr 2, 1945, A-26, Flying Control
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 56, S/N: 43-22307, MSN: 18454
A-26B-15-DT, "Denver Darling"
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-N
Website Caption: Feb 23, 1945. A-26B. "Denver Men". A/C is "Denver Darling"
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 61, S/N: 43-22312, MSN: 18459
A-26C-16-DT, "Rat Poison Jr."
386th BG, 553rd BS, AN-?
Photo Source: (Freeman, 1996, p 102)
DFN: 62, S/N: 43-22313, MSN: 18460
A-26B-15-DT, "Phoenix Thunderbird"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-B
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 62, S/N: 43-22313, MSN: 18460
A-26B-15-DT, "Phoenix Thunderbird"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-B
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 62, S/N: 43-22313, MSN: 18460
A-26B-15-DT, "Phoenix Thunderbird"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-B
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 62, S/N: 43-22313, MSN: 18460
A-26B-15-DT, "Phoenix Thunderbird"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-B
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 64, S/N: 43-22315, MSN: 18462
A-26B-15-DT
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-L
Photo Source: (AFHRA)
DFN: 70, S/N: 43-22321, MSN: 18468
A-26B-15-DT, "Eva Mae"
416th BG, 668th BS, 5H-T
Early, 1945 Laon, France
L-to-R: Lt. Lumir J. "Lou" Prucha, SSgt. Leland "Lee" Ferguson
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 76, S/N: 43-22327, MSN: 18474
A-26B-15-DT
? BG, ? BS, ??-D ?
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 43)
DFN: 79, S/N: 43-22330, MSN: 18477
A-26B-15-DT, "For Pete's Sake"
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-P
Spring 1945
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 83, S/N: 43-22334, MSN: 18481
A-26B-15-DT, "Maryland Mary"
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-G
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 92, S/N: 43-22343, MSN: 18490
A-26B-15-DT
386th BG, 553rd BS, AN-J
Photo Source: (Ethell, 2003, p 156)
DFN: 104, S/N: 43-22354, MSN: 18502
A-26B-15-DT, "Tom Swift's Flying Machine"
416th BG, 669th BS, 2A-S
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 104, S/N: 43-22354, MSN: 18502
A-26B-15-DT, "Tom Swift's Flying Machine"
416th BG, 669th BS, 2A-S
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 107, S/N: 43-22356, MSN: 18505
A-26B-15-DT, "Buddy"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-C
Website Caption: Mar 20, 1945, A-26B-15-DT, 43-22356, 5C-C, A-26 A/C Ready for Take-Off. Lead A/C is "Buddy"
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 112, S/N: 43-22360, MSN: 18510
A-26B-15-DT
Photo Source: (Mesko, 1993, p 13)
DFN: 117, S/N: 43-22363, MSN: 18515
A-26B-15-DT, "Lady Marc"
386th BG, 553rd BS, AN-?
Photo Caption: Wreck of the Douglas A-26 'Lady Marc' of the 386th Bomb Group which made a crash landing at its base in St. Trond, Belgium on 14 June 1945. Fold3 Comments: 14 June 1945: No Purple Heart for "Lady Marc." The remnants of fog attest to this bad weather landing-gone-wrong for A-26B serial 43-22363 of the 553rd Bomb Sq, 386th BG at St. Trond, Belgium - five weeks after the end of hostilities in Europe.
Photo Source: (Fold3, 2018)
DFN: 125, S/N: 43-22368, MSN: 18523
A-26B-15-DT
386th BG, 553rd BS, AN-?
Photo Caption: Wreck of a Douglas A-26 (A/C 322368) of the 386th Bomb Group which made a crash landing at its base in Beaumont, France on 11 March 1945. Fold3 Comments: 11 May 1945: A-26B serial 43-22368 of the 553rd Bomb Sq, 386th BG makes a belly-landing near Remycourt, as a result of engine failure.
Photo Source: (Fold3, 2018)
DFN: 126, S/N: 43-22369, MSN: 18524
A-26B-15-DT, "Stinky"
386th BG, 552nd BS, RG-A
Photo Caption: The Douglas A-26 'Stinky' Of The 386Th Bomb Group Parked At Its Base In Beaumont, France On 20 April 1945. Fold3 Comments: A-26B serial 43-22369 "Stinky" (coded RG-A) of the 552nd Bomb Sq, 386th BG.
Photo Source: (Fold3, 2018)
DFN: 133, S/N: 43-22373, MSN: 18531
A-26B-15-DT
386th BG, ? BS, ??-H
Photo Source: (Mesko, 1984, p 13)
DFN: 142, S/N: 43-22379, MSN: 18540
A-26B-15-DT
Website Caption: Dec 9, 1944, A-26B-15-DT, 43-22379, "(409th BG) crashed during wheels-up belly landing at Melun Villaroche Airfield A-55 Seine-et-Marne, France Dec 9, 1944. All 3 crew survived. Aircraft badly damaged, unknown if repaired." (Baugher). Date and Serial Number confirmed by Craig Fuller, AAIR, Report AAR 45-12-09-524.
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 142, S/N: 43-22379, MSN: 18540
A-26B-15-DT
Website Caption: Dec 9, 1944, A-26B-15-DT, 43-22379, "(409th BG) crashed during wheels-up belly landing at Melun Villaroche Airfield A-55 Seine-et-Marne, France Dec 9, 1944. All 3 crew survived. Aircraft badly damaged, unknown if repaired." (Baugher). Date and Serial Number confirmed by Craig Fuller, AAIR, Report AAR 45-12-09-524.
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 145, S/N: 43-22381, MSN: 18543
A-26B-15-DT, "Doris Ann"
416th BG, 669th BS, 2A-Q
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 178, S/N: 43-22495, MSN: 18576
A-26C-20-DT
416th BG
NOTE: This is obviously an A-26B Model nose, but the Aircraft was originally manufactured as an A-26C Model, and the nose was changed to a "B" Model after manufacturing. Website Caption: Mar 13, 1945. A-26B. "Milwaukee Men"
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 184, S/N: 43-22498, MSN: 18582
A-26C-20-DT, "Rickey Tick II / Dinah Might"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-R
2-Apr-1945 Laon, France
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 184, S/N: 43-22498, MSN: 18582
A-26C-20-DT, "Rickey Tick II / Dinah Might"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-R
2-Apr-1945 Laon, France
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 184, S/N: 43-22498, MSN: 18582
A-26C-20-DT, "Rickey Tick II / Dinah Might"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-R
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 186, S/N: 43-22499, MSN: 18584
A-26C-20-DT, "Reida Rae"
416th BG, 671st BS, 5C-G
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 190, S/N: 43-22501, MSN: 18588
A-26C-20-DT, "Winamac Werewolf"
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-W
April, 1945 Laon, France
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 190, S/N: 43-22501, MSN: 18588
A-26C-20-DT, "Winamac Werewolf"
416th BG, 670th BS, F6-W
April, 1945 Laon, France
Photo Source: (Rust, 1982, p 56)
DFN: 204, S/N: 43-22508, MSN: 18602
A-26C-20-DT
416th BG, 668th BS, 5H-Z
Website Caption: A-26 Invader #204, flown by Capt. Carl S. Stanley (photo courtesy of Phil Stanley)
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 204, S/N: 43-22508, MSN: 18602
A-26C-20-DT
416th BG, 668th BS, 5H-Z
Website Caption: TSgt. James A. Brabham, Crew Chief A-26 #204, France 1945 (photo courtesy of Phil Stanley)
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 206, S/N: 43-22509, MSN: 18604
A-26C-20-DT
386th BG, 555th BS, YA-K
Photo Caption: Wreck of a Douglas A-26 (A/C 322509) of the 386th Bomb Group which made a crash landing at its base in Beaumont, France On 10 April 1945. Fold3 Comments: 555th BS, YA-K, St. Trond Belgium.
Photo Source: (Fold3, 2018)
DFN: 208, S/N: 43-22510, MSN: 18606
A-26C-20-DT
47th BG
Website Caption: Maj. Vance Turns Over 85th Sqdn. to New C.O. Maj. Page.
Photo Source: (47th BG, 2018)
DFN: 208, S/N: 43-22510, MSN: 18606
A-26C-20-DT
47th BG
Website Caption: Mission Bustle.
Photo Source: (47th BG, 2018)
DFN: 234, S/N: 43-22523, MSN: 18632
A-26C-20-DT
416th BG
Website Caption: May 15, 1945. A-26. "Crews".
Photo Source: (416th BG Archive, 2018)
DFN: 274, S/N: 43-22547, MSN: 18672
A-26C-20-DT
47th BG
Website Caption: Mission Bustle.
Photo Source: (47th BG, 2018)
DFN: 279, S/N: 43-22550, MSN: 18677
A-26C-20-DT
47th BG, 97th BS
March, 1945 Grosseto, Italy
Photo Source: (Asher, 2018)
DFN: 279, S/N: 43-22550, MSN: 18677
A-26C-20-DT
47th BG, 97th BS
March, 1945 Grosseto, Italy
Photo Source: (Asher, 2018)
DFN: 353, S/N: 43-22604, MSN: 18751
A-26C-25-DT
Photo Source: (Hagedorn, 1994, p 13)
DFN: 354, S/N: 43-22605, MSN: 18752
A-26C-25-DT
386th BG, 553rd BS, AN-O?
Photo Source: (Ethell, 2003, p 155)
DFN: 358, S/N: 43-22609, MSN: 18756
A-26C-25-DT, "Pagliacci"
416th BG, 669th BS, 2A-N
Photo Source: (Hill, 2018)
DFN: 365, S/N: 43-22616, MSN: 18763
A-26C-25-DT
391st BG, 573rd BS, T6-N
Photo Source: (Doyle, 2016, p 47)




See Also:
Aircraft Identifiers webpage for more details and other Aircraft Idenfitication types.
USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference lists:
A-26 Invader USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference Douglas Long Beach (DL) Production, First 500 A/C
A-26 Invader USAAF S/N - MSN - DFN Cross Reference Douglas Tulsa (DT) Production, First 500 A/C




References/Sources