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B-26
Unit: 2/9 GB "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: F (699-C)

Oran, Algeria, 1954-1962.

Artist: © Bruno Pautigny
Source: http://aerostories.free.fr/

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | 2/9 GB "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air | B-26 | F (699-C)
05/08/2013

B-26
Unit: Armee de l'Air
Serial: P (275-B)

B-26 Invaders were used in considerable numbers (at least 40) by Armee de l'Air in Algeria, even if all of them belonged to a completely different batch than that used in Indo China. Namely, starting in 1951 French authorities began purchasing B-26s from different sources in the USA: almost all were newly-built A-26Bs, stored after the USAAF had cancelled the contract. The first Invaders in Algeria were operated by the EB.77, but this flight was disbanded and a new unit, the CIE.B-26 created at Oran, in August 1956. Two additional units, GB.1/91 Gascogne and GB.2/92 Guyenne, followed in September of the same year, and were also based at Oran. Most if not all AdA B-26s deployed in Algeria retained fully armed dorsal gun turrets, while few also had ventral turrets left in place, usually without machine-guns. Most French Invaders were overall black, but many had their top fuselage painted in white. During the first year of their participation in the war most missions were flown in the Constantine region, in northeastern Algeria: the Invaders were mainly used for level bombing, but also for dive bombing and strafing - frequently in cooperation with FAC-aircraft, such like Cessna L-19 or Piper Cub. The AdA lost a total of 19 B-26s during the Algerian War, only few of which were indeed shot down by the enemy.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | Armee de l'Air | B-26 | P (275-B)
05/08/2013

B-26B-35-DL
Unit: GB 1/25 "Tunisie", Armee de l'Air
Serial: N (41-39473)

Tourane, French Indochina, 1954.

Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/25 "Tunisie", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-35-DL | N (41-39473)
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B-26B-25-DT
Unit: EB 1/91 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: 446/W (43-22446)

Bone, Algeria, 1957.

Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | EB 1/91 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-25-DT | 446/W (43-22446)
05/08/2013

B-26B (ex A-26C-15-DT)
Unit: GB 2/91, Armee de l'Air
Serial: U (43-22478)

Algeria, circa 1961. Note the retention of the old-style canopy. This aircraft was sold to France in November 1959. SOC on February 4th, 1964.

Artist: © Robert Craig Johnson
Source: Archives of Chandelle

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 2/91, Armee de l'Air | B-26B (ex A-26C-15-DT) | U (43-22478)
05/08/2013



Artist: unknown
Source: "Aviation and Times" 2008, No.4 (100)
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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 2/91, Armee de l'Air | B-26B (ex A-26C-15-DT) | U (43-22478)
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B-26B (ex A-26C-20-DT)
Unit: GB 11/23 "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: K (43-22537)

Algeria, 1959. According other source this aircraft transferred to France in July 1960. SOC in 1961.

Artist: © Robert Craig Johnson
Source: Archives of Chandelle

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 11/23 "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B (ex A-26C-20-DT) | K (43-22537)
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B-26B-60-DL
Unit: GB 1/91 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: BC-505/L (44-34505)

Pilot - Capt.St.Jacques. Circa 1955.

Saint-Jacques


Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/91 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-60-DL | BC-505/L (44-34505)
05/08/2013

B-26B-61-DL (A-26B-61-DL)
Unit: GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: BC-564/K (44-34564)

Operation 'Picardie', Cat Bi, French Indochina, 1953. This airplane was loaned to France in January 1951 for service in Indochina. Returned to USAF October 1955 and scrapped.

Artist: unknown
Source: Franck 'Sharky' Wagner's home page[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/franckwagner/] - DEAD

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-61-DL (A-26B-61-DL) | BC-564/K (44-34564)
05/08/2013



Artist: © Robert Craig Johnson
Source: Archives of Chandelle

Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-61-DL (A-26B-61-DL) | BC-564/K (44-34564)
05/08/2013



Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/
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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-61-DL (A-26B-61-DL) | BC-564/K (44-34564)
05/08/2013

B-26B-60-DL
Unit: GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: BC-575/Q (44-34575)

Tourane, French Indochina, 1951.

Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-60-DL | BC-575/Q (44-34575)
05/08/2013

Code: D; Unit: GB 1/25 'Tunisie', Cat Bi, French Indochina, 1952.

Artist: © Jacques Davy
Source: http://www.aeroprofils.com/
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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | GB 1/19 "Gascogne", Armee de l'Air | B-26B-60-DL | BC-575/Q (44-34575)
05/08/2013

B-26C-20-DT (A-26C-20-DT)
Unit: 11/23 GB "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air
Serial: K (537-B, 43-22537)

Algeria, 1959. // According other source this plane was transferred to France in 1960.

Artist: unknown
Source: unknown

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Douglas A-26/B-26 Invader | France | 11/23 GB "Guyenne", Armee de l'Air | B-26C-20-DT (A-26C-20-DT) | K (537-B, 43-22537)
05/08/2013

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