Restoration Division

Douglas A-26C Restoration Project

This site describes the New England Air Museum (NEAM) effort to restore our Douglas A-26C Invader "Reida Rae".

The principal focus of the museum is to preserve the nation’s aviation heritage and provide the public with unique experiences while preserving an important part of our country’s history for future generations. We hope you enjoy our site and encourage your feedback on our project.

· Read about and view photos of our work and progress under “Project Status”.

· Learn about the military and civilian history of our aircraft under “Aircraft History”.

· Explore the history of the 416th Bomb Group who flew the A-26 Invader in WWII .

· Visit sites related to the A-26 and other WWII aircraft and military related links.

· Meet our Restoration Crew.


Updated: January 31, 2010

· 416th BG Memorial Exhibit

· Latest Status Report

BOOKS on the 416th BG (You will leave this website when you click these links. Use your BACK button to return)

Darwin’s War - Science, Politics, Warfare,
                 Faith and Science—The 416th BG’s                        Sacrifices to defeat Eugenics by
                 Dr. Larry N. Smith

First to Fall—The William Edward Cramsie Story by Wayne G. Sayles

Douglas A-26C Restoration Project Web Pages Originally developed by:


Carl Sgamboti

A-26C Restoration Crew Chief

Permission to include these web pages on graciously provided by Carl's Family

Photo courtesy of Claude Brown


March 9, 1945 in front of Reida Rae after Mission #226 to Butzbach Marshalling Yard: Claude Brown (Pilot), Jim Kerns (BN), Dick Muir (BN) Herb Sunderland (Gunner)

A-26 Invader “Reida Rae”

The New England Air Museum, 2003

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