1/48 AMT Douglas A-20
this model represents an A-20 of the 66th BS of the 416 BG it was the the former, "Miss Laid" which was the first A-20 to complete 100 missions without a failure or an abort. In lieu of this accomplishment it was re-names "La France Libre" at a ceremony in Paris to honor this feat. Per a USAAF order all of the required aircraft participating during the D-Day operation were to have full invasion stripes. At that time, as "Miss Laid", it carried the full stripes. The USAAF order relating to invasion stripes required that all marking were to be removed after 30 days. This order was modified to allow aircraft to retain the stripes on the lower wing and over the fuselage or the lower portion of the fuselage. The time of the Paris ceremony was in November 1944 thus the top wing stripes have been removed. There is a photo on page 38 of the "A-20 in Action" book showing this aircraft taking off. It is clear from that photo that the upper wing stripes had been removed.
This is AMT's 1/48 model and in my opinion is a great model. There may be a this or that that is incorrect but overall it is a wonderful kit. This is the second AMT A-20 that I have done and I have enjoyed each of them. To me it is a very good looking aircraft and it had a good reputation among it's crews.
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