Exclusive - Now in HD with additional footage showing new scenes added in 2023. The A-36 was the ground attack variant of the P-51 Mustang and was known as "the Invader" This exciting film includes incredible cockpit views of screaming, nearly vertical dive bombing runs. This is very rare color combat footage of an A-36A fighter-bomber squadron in action in Sicily. I compiled and edited this unique extended restored color version of the film using multiple sources. The A36A was equipped with the Mustang's original Allison engine, as opposed to the Rolls Royce Merlin adapted so successfully in the high altitude escort versions, which worked just fine for low level work. Note the quad 20mm canons on this fast and powerful attack plane, very unusual on an American fighter. You'll also see ground crews doing their critical support work, including fueling, rearming and maintaining these sleek birds. Hidden gems in this film are up close views of captured or destroyed Axis aircraft, including an He 111 and a very rare color view of an intact Italian Macchi 202 "Folgore" in full desert cammo. And yes, I know there was another US aircraft introduced later in World War 2 also called "The Invader," the Douglas A-26. Apparently, the Army Air Force really liked that name.