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Missing A-20 family: The J & K glassed nose versions!!
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:07:26 AM »

Hi mates!

A thought about this great bomber:


In the actual game modding status the A-20 family is well evolved from the stock 2 planes to the actual 7 (we have had the addition of three DB-7 versions , a G early and the later H) but after the C version all the planes have only the armed nose which make them really suited for Pacific scenarios , but thanks to CY6 Command & Control mod we have the option to make a bomber formation to drop at the leader order....this make me feel the need of the counterpart of the armed nose versions: the J from the G and the K from the H....

....hope that someone can add at least one of the missing versions!!!

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Re: Missing A-20 family: The J & K glassed nose versions!!
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 02:07:45 PM »

+1-for one of my favourite planes.

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Douglas A-20J Havoc

Early in the summer of 1943, the Air Materiel Command at Wright Field requested that Douglas study the possibility of installing a transparent, bomb-aimer's nose in approximately one out of ten A-20Gs. This would enable the aircraft to be used as formation leaders on bombing runs, with solid-nosed A-20Gs dropping their bombs on signal from the leader. The A-20J was the result.

For the A-20J, Douglas designed an entirely new nose, which consisted of a frameless, molded Plexiglas canopy. This nose added seven inches to the aircraft's length, and carried a bombardier operating a Norden bombsight. Only the two side-mounted forward-firing nose guns were retained. In the field, these nose guns were often removed to lighten the load if there was no apparent need for them. The crew now consisted of four--pilot, dorsal turret gunner, ventral tunnel gunner, and bombardier.

The first A-20J was created by converting A-20G-25-DO serial number 43-9230. This comprised the sole member of the A-20J-1-DO production block. The A-20J-5-DO was equivalent to the A-20G-30-DO in systems and equipment, whereas the A-20J-15-DO was equivalent to the A-20G-40-DO. The A-20J-20-DO was similar to the -15 except for revisions to the gun charging mechanisms and change of airspeed indicators from Type F-2 to Type F-1.

A total of 450 A-20Js were built, all of them by Douglas-Santa Monica. Included in this total were 169 A-20Js which were delivered to the RAF as Boston IV. RAF serials were BZ400 to BZ568. The Boston IVs retained the same armament (including the twin-gun Martin dorsal turret) as the USAAF version. They were used by Nos 13, 55, 88 and 114 Squadrons. It entered RAF service in the summer of 1944.

The A-20J was slower than the A-20G, with a maximum speed of 317 mph at 12,700 feet.

As USAAF A-20 units in Europe gradually transitioned to the A-26 Invader, the A-20J was retained as a lead ship until the glass-nosed A-26C entered service.

Serials of A-20J:

43-9230         Douglas A-20J-1-DO Havoc
43-9438/9457      Douglas A-20J-5-DO Havoc
43-9638/9664      Douglas A-20J-5-DO Havoc
43-9857/9880      Douglas A-20J-10-DO Havoc
43-9910/9917      Douglas A-20J-10-DO Havoc
43-10105/10144      Douglas A-20J-10-DO Havoc
43-21432/21471      Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc
43-21552/21581      Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc
43-21702/21751      Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc
43-21828/21877      Douglas A-20J-20-DO Havoc
43-21988/22147      Douglas A-20J-20-DO Havoc
            22140 to to RAAF as A28-78 10/44.  Returned
            to USAAF 2/45.

Armament: Two fixed .50-cal. machine guns in the lower forward fuselage, two .50-cal. machine guns in a dorsal turret and one .50-cal. machine gun in a ventral position plus provisions for 4,000 lbs. of bombs (2,000 lbs. internal and 2,000 lbs. external)
Engines: Two Wright R-2600-23 Cyclone supercharged radials of 1,600 hp each
Maximum speed: 339 mph
Cruising speed: 250 mph
Combat range: 1,050 miles
Maximum range: 2,000 miles
Service ceiling: 25,800 ft.
 Span: 61 ft. 4 in.
Length: 48 ft. 4 in.
Height: 17 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 27,000 lbs. gross weight
Crew: Four (pilot, navigator, bombardier, gunner)

A-20K Havoc

                                                         Douglas A-20K Havoc "Helen” France 1945
The Douglas Boston V was the RAF designation for the glass-nosed A-20K Havoc, and was the final version of the aircraft to see service with the RAF. Ninety were received in October-November 1944, and they were used by the same squadrons as the similar Boston IV. The only difference between the Boston IV and the Boston V was the use of the R-2600-29 engine in the Boston V. Of the ninety aircraft acquired, eleven were used by the RCAF.

Engine: Wright R-2600- 29 Double Cyclone
Power: 1,600hp rated, 1,700hp at takeoff
Crew: 3
Width: 61ft 4in
Length: 48ft 4in
Empty Weight: 17,266lb
Gross Weight: 23,953lb
Maximum weight: 27,000lb
Maximum speed: 333mph at 15,600ft
Cruising speed: 269mph
Ceiling: 25,100ft
Climb Rate: 6min 36sec to 10,000ft
Range: 830 miles normal, 2,200 miles maximum ferry
Fuselage Guns: Two fixed 0.50in Browning Machine Guns
Dorsal Turret: Two 0.50in Browning Machine Guns
Ventral Position: One 0.50in Browning Machine Gun
Normal Bomb Load: 2,000lb
Maximum Bomb Load: 4,000lb – 2,000lb in bomb bay, 2,000lb on under-wing pylons

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