The Douglas B-18 and B-23

Hagedorn, Dan

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Synopsis: What manner of aircraft pioneered airborne radar and anti-submarine warfare, almost replaced the immortal Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and yet disappeared from the annals of aviation history with not so much as a footnote in most authoritative histories of WWII? The elusive Douglas B-18 bomber.

The very few stories that have appeared since the end of the war invariably spoke of the aircraft in crude and disparaging terms including "the bomber that nobody wanted," but more than 30 surviving crew members who served aboard the aircraft had no such disparaging words. How could so many people be so wrong?

Developed in parallel to the DC-1, the B-18 and it's obscure development, the handsome B-23 were precisely the right aircraft, at the right time, to help America defeat the serious Axis submarine threat in the Caribbean and train most of the B-17 crews who headed overseas.

Serving in every theater of war, from Iceland, Canada and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, through the Caribbean and Latin America to the remote Galapagos, Alaska, Hawaii, Java, Australia and the Philippines, the B-18 was lauded by crew members as a superb anti-submarine aircraft. Indeed, some were amongst the first USAAC aircraft to strike back at the invading Japanese forces in the Far East, and others were lost to both aerial and surface combat. For the first time, this in depth study of the development, operational units, series colors, wartime activities and full production list of these 340 aircraft combine with over 350 drawings and photographs to reveal the true impact of America's forgotten warriors.

From the Back Cover: If ever an aircraft has been unfairly treated by history, it must be the elusive Douglas B-18 bomber. The very few times that it has been described in aviation journals, the articles invariable speak of the aircraft in crude and disparaging terms―“the bomber that nobody wanted” and “the Great Bolo Boondoggle” are some of the kinder epithets.

Indeed, the myths surrounding the B-18 and it’s even more obscure development, the handsome B-23, start at its very beginning in 1935. It was not a development of the DC-1 or DC-2, but was, in fact, developed precisely in parallel to the DC-1 as the DB-1. B-18s served in almost every theater of WW2, from Iceland, Canada, and the US Eastern Seaboard, through the Caribbean and Latin America and to the remote Galapagos, to Alaska, Hawaii, and the Philippines and even to Java and Australia. Examples were lost to both aerial and surface combat, but as one crewman put it, “had Douglas set out to do so, they could not have designed a better anti-submarine aircraft.” B-18s came close―within a matter of minutes―to being the first USAAC aircraft to strike back at the invading Japanese forces in the Far East, and could well have taken the war to the enemy months in advance of the legendary Doolittle Raid.

This was an aircraft that pioneered airborne radar and anti-submarine warfare and almost replaced the immortal Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and yet the B-18 disappeared from the annals of aviation history with not so much as a footnote in most authoritative histories of WW2.

But now, at last, the true story of this remarkable and maligned aircraft is told in this exhaustively researched and heavily-illustrated book which will set the record straight on one of the great forgotten aircraft of WW2.

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