This is a lesser known aircraft from a lesser known bomb group. But the 417th Bomb Group fought a hard war, in a tough environment, at the end of a long supply chain.
After the jump, a look at this Pacific warrior.
The 417th Bomb Group was a part of General George Kenny’s 5th Air Force for the last two years of World War II. That means they were in General MacArthur’s theater, based out of Australia. They arrived in New Guinea in January of 1944 and spent most of that year flying close support missions to the end of that campaign. In December of 1944 they relocated to the Philippines; for mostly the same work, plus a lot more anti-shipping work. Near the end of the war they relocated again, this time to Okinawa in preparation for the coming invasion of Japan. After the war they were deactivated and have been ever since.
This aircraft is from the AMT kit with Third Group decals. This is not a favorite kit of mine; it is more or less “modern” in the level of detail it offers, but fit is sloppy and it requires a lot of work to tame the seams. Ultimately I really like the look of the plane and the kit, so its worth a little extra work. And I really like this capable but lesser known aircraft.
I don’t have a whole lot more to say than that. The 417th Bomb Group was probably typical of a lot of A-20 groups; they did important work, lived a life of deprivation, and took casualties without ever making headlines or being very well known.