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  A-20A "War Bond Special / Baby Dumpling" Serial Number 40-077  
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Former Assignments
22 Squadron
10 RSU
15 ARD

18 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army as A-20A Havoc serial number 40-077. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Reassembled in Australia. On June 12, 1942 one of four A-20A's that arrived in Fairburn Airfield near Canberra. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) with serial number 45. Assigned to 18 Squadron, but two days later, withdrawn in favor of the B-25 Mitchell and instead reassigned to the U. S. Army.

Reassigned to the USAAF 5th Air Force to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Flown from Fairburn Airfield northward via Brisbane to Charters Towers. Nicknamed "War Bond Special". Operated from Port Moresby and Dobodura.

On November 5, 1943 transferred to RAAF with serial number A28-36. Assigned to 22 Squadron on February 9, 1944. Renamed "Baby Dumpling".

On June 7, 1944 to 10 RSU for an engine change. Afterwards, to 15 ARD on August 2, 1944. Converted to components on April 18, 1945.

"The Canberra Bostons" by Michael Claringbould Flightpath Magazine, Volume 15, Number 2.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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