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Great Patriotic War Aviation => Lend-lease planes => Topic started by: Troy Smith on July 26, 2014, 04:50:18 AM



Title: A-20 Boston, winter front engine 'shutter' modification?
Post by: Troy Smith on July 26, 2014, 04:50:18 AM
HI all

a query, which does not seem to have been raised

in this photo
Quote
Captain I S Petrosyan reconnanssance crew near white camouflaged A-20B Petrosyan is second from the left Ventral navigator's hatch is open, we can see steps on its interior side

(http://www.aviapress.com/book/mcs/mcs009_6.jpg)

there is a metal shutter plate over the front of the engine, not unlike the one seen on the I-16

Never seen a mention of this, it's is also seen in other photos of the same unit [winter camouflaged A-20B's], in Red Stars 4, p.110, and the Red Stars 1/2/3 combined book on p.112, I'd scan them but it's a lot of work to do right now.

I'm presuming it's some cold weather modification, probably done at unit or PARM level?

Any thoughts or clarifications anyone?

The photo caption is from this book
http://www.aviapress.com/viewonekit.htm?MCS-009
(http://www.aviapress.com/book/mcs/mcs009.jpg)

anyone here have this book?  Does it mention this?


Title: Re: A-20 Boston, winter front engine 'shutter' modification?
Post by: Graham Boak on July 26, 2014, 09:41:22 PM
The little bomb rack under the wing is also interesting.


Title: Re: A-20 Boston, winter front engine 'shutter' modification?
Post by: Dark Green Man on July 26, 2014, 10:09:51 PM
The little bomb rack under the wing is also interesting.

I also noticed the FAB-100 hanging on the DER-19 bomb-rack .


Title: Re: A-20 Boston, winter front engine 'shutter' modification?
Post by: KL on July 29, 2014, 10:31:13 PM


The photo caption is from this book
http://www.aviapress.com/viewonekit.htm?MCS-009
(http://www.aviapress.com/book/mcs/mcs009.jpg)

anyone here have this book?  Does it mention this?

Hi Troy,
you may download book here http://www.fileswat.com/file/SD581J9W4J1W1IDKQIRTHWHCPxE/
click under the red dial....

text and some photos are available at http://www.bellabs.ru/51/BostonUSSR/BostonUSSR.html

HTH,
KL


Title: Re: A-20 Boston, winter front engine 'shutter' modification?
Post by: Troy Smith on July 30, 2014, 03:49:56 PM
Hi Konstantin

Thank you, very helpful.

Some more images and comments DGM, thanks for info on bombs.
Graham, it seems that the bomb racks were a U.S. fitting?
 as a this shot at Abadan shows.
the already applied red star underwing and the dark circle [fresh olive drab?]  round fuselage stars is of note.

(http://s30.postimg.org/hv73q43wh/A_20_B_Abadan_w_bomb_racks.jpg)

there is also this drawing

(http://s12.postimg.org/owfmyihbh/A_20_underwing_bomb_racks.jpg)



this shot mentions the winter cowl, and shows it to be a kind of shutter,  the top photo shows it closed if you look carefully.

(http://s13.postimg.org/gssis4q07/A_20_B_Volodichev_Voronez_fron_mar_43_winter_cowl.jpg)

this is another shot, also in Red Stars showing 606/II with double racks,
(http://s16.postimg.org/9noxglbud/A_20_B_Majot_Tataulov_regiment_606_II.jpg)

 there is another shot of this plane from the other side.  A few more shots from this photo session exist it appears.

Worth posting up, or a separate thread?