A-20 Havoc In Action

Published: December 28th, 2016     
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Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: 
Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Squadron Signal Publications
ISBN #: 0897477987
Other Publication Information: Soft Bound (Squared), 8.5” x 11”, 80 pages
Price: $19.95
Product / Stock #: SS10238

From the Author: The Douglas A-20 Havoc was a light bomber, attack, and intruder aircraft of World War II. Used by the American Army Air Forces, nearly one-third of the aircraft served with the Soviet military. In fact the Soviet air forces had more A-20s than the USAAF while many other A-20s fought with the RAF. Illustrated with 192 vintage photographs and detailed line drawings.

David Doyle continues to impressive with the latest In Action book on the A-20 Havoc. This is the third book in the In Action series on the A-20, Jim Mesko authored the first (#56) and second (#144). David has done a great job with this installment and has expanded on the other 2 editions.

This book tells the story of the A-20 Havoc developed out of the DB-7 series of light bombers. A-20s, Havocs, & DB-7s saw action in almost every major theatre of operation during WWII. Used as a light bomber, ground strafer & nightfighter.

David begins this book with an introduction on how the A-20 came to be born out of the creative genius of three American aviation icons - John K. "Jack" Northrop, Ed Heinemann, and Donald Douglas. From there through great writing and an assortment of photos, many being in color David takes you through the history of this aircraft from the Model 7 all the way to the P-70.

The Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A-20 Development
  • DB-7 [Page 6]
  • A-20 [Page 10]
  • A-20A [Page 11]
  • DB-7B [Page 17]
  • A-20B [Page 25]
  • DB-7C [Page 32]
  • A-20C [Page 33]
  • XA-20F [Page 38]
  • A-20G [Page 39]
  • A-20H [Page 64]
  • A-20J [Page 68]
  • A-20K [Page 73]
  • P-70 [Page 76]

David Doyle has done a great job as always with this IN Action of the A-20 Havoc. Tons of great information with many detailed photographs and may in color. I have always enjoyed the In Action series of books and it looks like this will continue for the foreseeable future. Highly Recommended. I would like to thank David Doyle and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this book. I was not disappointed.

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