I've been thinking (dangerous, I realize) about comments on Allied bombers in Battle of Bodenplatte and/or the lack thereof. I think this is very much a fighter-bombers paradise with aircraft that can carry more ordinance than some bombers but lets ignore that or a second and just zoom in on the premise that people want purpose built bombers alongside the already excellent aircraft set that's coming.
Then I started thinking about the development realities of what the team has to put together as well as historical considerations and that leaves me with one idea but I'm curious to know if people out there have additional details. We already have the A-20B. Its a person favourite and I fly it quite a lot. I've done a little reading on the A-20G and J and how different or the same these aircraft are and it makes me wonder if the A-20G/J would be candidates for a Collector Plane in the future and a bomber that wouldn't require a huge redevelopment effort by the devs.
I want to zoom in on a specific block here. The A-20G-20-DO and A-20G-25-DO.
Also, the A-20J-1-DO:
So it seems to me from the A-20B that we have through to the A-20G-25-DO and A-20J-1-DO there would be some changes such as the solid nose on the G and a redesigned nose on the J. There would also be the Martin powered turret with two .50cal in the rear station plus the fuselage widening of 6-in. The dorsal station would replace the .30cal with a .50cal.
Were there other significant changes to the cockpit for example? This is all a long winded way of thinking that a very versatile aircraft could be introduced at some point at the end of Bodenplatte's development which could incorporate the same cockpit and dorsal positions on the A-20B with potentially minor changes and get both A-20G and A-20J which were used by the USAAF 9th Air Force during the time period that Bodenplatte is set in. Bonus points too because the Boston IV was the RAF designation for the A-20J and used by French and British forces under the 2nd TAF.
That's a lot of plane for less development than a whole new bomber. I'm of course jumping the gun on this by about a year but I wanted to get it out there
Regarding the specific variants I argue the ones you called out are probably too early. Those blocks were manufactured in 1943.
Additionally the VVS had many late block ones as well, so in conclusion I guess probably the G-45/J-20 combination would be the best choice regarding G/J blocks.
The "strafer" concept worked out in the Asiatic-Pacific-Theatre, but didn't in Europe. The Western Allied air forces noticed this as did the VVS.
Consequently I strongly argue in favor of a J/K with an attack nose version being a "nice to have" modification for example.
Luckily easy convertibility from attack nose to bombardier nose and vice versa was a designated design feature on the real airframe.
The A-20K would be the optimal choice for the upcoming BoBP map and timeframe. Unfortunately it wasn't in combat with the VVS and the H mostly saw service in the Asiatic-Pacific-Theatre - a formation of just K models would look wrong.
So maybe the G-45/J-20 really would be the most versatile choice.
Repeating my usual blurb, I hope the Devs mainly focus on Asiatic-Pacific-Theatre after finishing everything announced right now. At the same time I know other people are hoping for more Western/Eastern Front content, which is quite likely to happen in form of collector aircraft according to one of Jason's recent posts.
I like the idea of A-26 and especially B-26 way better than any A-20 though. The only drawback being they would have to be made from scratch.
Let's see what's going to happen with the B-25. Hopefully we will be able to fly it one day. And I strongly hope they go for the C/D rather than the J.