Douglas Skyhawks of South East Asia…Image #3: A TA-4SU of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
The Douglas DB-7 Boston/A-20 Havoc: Image No.4…a captured ex-USAAF Douglas Havoc under evaluation by the Japanese IJAAF
The Douglas DB-7 Boston/A-20 Havoc: Image No.3…a restored Boston that had seen service with the Brazilian Air Force during and after World War II.
The Douglas DB-7 Boston/A-20 Havoc: Image No.1…a Boston in service with the Soviet Naval Aviation forces on the Eastern Front
Final Douglas naval warplane of the forties and fifties for today is the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. The Skywarrior was the only USN carrier borne strategic nuclear bomber to see service, and was also able to play a role with the USAF as the B-66 Destroyer.
Next Douglas naval aircraft of the 1940s and 1950s is the Douglas A2D Skyshark. A turboprop attack aircraft that saw minimal production the Skyshark had been designed to be part of the inventory of the USN’s Casablanca class carriers. With their mothballing the requirement for the Skyshark disappeared.
First photo in today’s series of images focusing on Douglas aircraft of the USN in the forties and fifties is this one, showing a Douglas BTD Destroyer. The Destroyer saw extremely limited service and production, caught between the operational and specification changes wrought by the shift from the Grumman TBM/TBF Avenger to the Douglas A-1 Skyraider.
Next is the Douglas Y1B-7, an interwar bomber type that was brought into minimal service with only 8 being built
The Douglas TBD Devastator: a USN torpedo bomber that was withdrawn from frontline service after a significant force launched by USS Hornet, Enterprise and Yorktown was massacred at the Battle of Midway, Another nominee in the most interesting failed aircraft of WW2 poll