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  A-20A Havoc Serial Number 40-082  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Former Assignments
NEIAF
18 Squadron


3rd BG c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
On June 12, 1942 one of four A-20A's that arrived at Fairbairn Airfield near Canberra. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as serial number 15. Assigned to 18 Squadron. Two days later, withdrawn from the NEIAF in favor of B-25 Mitchell.

Instead, reassigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron and flown via Brisbane to Charters Towers. Nicknamed "Josephine" in white block letters with a small 13 in black below the nose art. Nose number 12 in white on the left side of the nose with

Mission History
On October 29, 1942 while taxing at Charters Towers Airfield the crew chief accidentally taxied this A-20 into a ditch near the operations office. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Flightpath Magazine "The Canberra Bostons" by Michael Claringbould volume 15, number 2.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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