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  A-20A "Old Man Mose" Serial Number 40-101  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Former assignments:
NEIAF
18 Squadron

Pilot  Taylor (survived)
Gunner  ?
(survived)
Force Landed  November 21, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) to 18 Squadron. Instead, assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Old Man Mose".

Wartime History
One of four A-20A's that arrived at Fairbairn Airfield near Canberra on June 12, 1942, and assigned to the NEIAF with serial number 22 to 18 Squadron. Two days later, they were withdrawn from the NEIAF in favor of B-25 Mitchell and reassigned to the USAAF 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron and flown via Brisbane to Charters Towers. Nicknamed "Old Man Mose" by its American crew.

Mission History
On November 21, 1942 took off on a combat mission. Over the target, this A-20 was damaged in combat, it force landed at Pongani Airfield. The crew walked away from the plane, and the crew chief was flown in to strip the aircraft of usable parts, including the nose section, which was carried to the shore by locals, transported by native canoe, then taken along coast to airfield back to 3-Mile Drome in a C-47, due to shortages of spare parts. This nose was used as a replacement for A-20A "Carolina" 40-132 after it was damaged on April 4, 1943.

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

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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