Published April 10, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas A-20G Havoc at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas A-20G in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas A-20G diorama in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio - Douglas A-20G Havoc cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Flown by the Allies in the Pacific, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Russia, the versatile A-20 went through many variants. The A-20G, which reached combat in 1943, was produced in larger numbers than any other model. By the time production ended in September 1944, American factories had built 2,850 "solid nose" A-20G models. Attacking with forward-firing .50-cal. machine guns and bombs, the A-20G lived up to its name by creating havoc and destruction on low-level strafing attacks, especially against Japanese shipping and airfields across the Southwest Pacific.
In 1961 the Bankers Life and Casualty Co. of Chicago, Ill., donated this A-20G to the museum. It is painted to represent "Little Joe" of the 5th Air Force, 312th Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Squadron, with 150 missions.
Originally trained to fly P-40s, the men of the 312th transitioned to the A-20G in the field. Calling themselves the "Roarin' 20s," the men of the 312th fought their way across the Southwest Pacific from New Guinea to the Philippines.
Armament: Eight .50-cal. machine guns; 4,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Wright R-2600s of 1,600 hp each
Maximum speed: 317 mph
Cruising speed: 230 mph
Range: 1,025 statute miles
Ceiling: 25,000 ft.
Span: 61 ft. 4 in.
Length: 48 ft.
Height: 17 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 26,580 lbs. loaded
Serial number: 43-22200
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1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
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