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Published on Feb 6, 2012
Crash Site Visitation. Douglas RDB-7B AL-867 On the night of August, 1943 a Douglas RDB-7B assigned to the 22nd Reconnaissance Squadron at Desert Center, CA crashed into low hills shortly after taking off from Needles Army Airfield on a night training mission. The crew of four were killed instantly as their aircraft disintegrated, scattering wreckage over a wide area. The RDB-7B is similar to the A-20 series of light bomber/attack aircraft that were widely used by the USAAF during WWII. AL-867 was one of many built for the RAF, but that were delivered to the USAAF following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. AL-867 was delivered with a RAF desert color scheme intended for use in North Africa, and some of that paint was still visible on the wreckage in February 2012.