The Invader served with distinction during the Korean War as a night attack aircraft. It earned a place in history as being the type of aircraft that dropped the first and last bombs over Korea. In between, the A-26 flew over 60,000 combat sorties with a loss of only 56 aircraft to enemy fire.
The Invader was also used in the early days of the Vietnam Conflict. Many were loaned to the French Air Force for use in Viet Nam. When the U. S. entered the conflict, the USAF also used them, flying ground attack missions against the flow of enemy troops and material that came down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The last combat mission of the Invader took place in 1969, a full 25 years after it first entered service.
The aircraft on display at Castle Air Museum was delivered to the Army Air Forces in May 1944. It was dropped from the Air Force inventory in August 1957.