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The A-26C was the light bomber variant, still with the turrets but normally carrying only two .50-caliber guns in a lengthened Plexiglas bomber nose. Late A-26Cs also carried six wing guns.
The XA-26 first flew on July 10,1942, and production models were in combat in the Pacific by the spring of 1944, but were not notably successful until improvements were made. Operations in Europe, starting in September, were more successful.
The Long Beach plant built 1,150 A-26B-DLs and five A-26C-DLs. A new plant in Tulsa, OK, built 205 A-26B-DTs and 1,086 A-26C-DTs.
The A-26s were redesignated B-26 in 1948 and saw extensive service in the Korean War, and some service in the Vietnam war until 1969. The R.A.F. had ordered 140 A-26Bs but received only two before V-J day. The U.S. Navy received 152 surplus A-26Cs after the war and used them as JD-1 utility planes. They were redesignated UB-26J in 1962. The Air Force retained B-26s as trainers and utility types until 1972.
The XA-26B below shows the large propeller spinners used only on the prototypes and the 75mm cannon that was fitted to some production A-26Bs.
Bottom:A Douglas A-26B-30-DL with four .50-caliber machine guns in the right side of the nose and two in the left. The standard turrets for all A-26s are not shown on the drawing.
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