|Pilot 1st Lt. Turner Williamson (KIA, BR) Calhoun County, AL
Gunner ? (survived)
Crashed January 26, 1943
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20A Havoc serial number 40-109. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled. Pilot Williamson arrived as replacement pilot during October 1942.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Spook" by Edward L. Larner, his wife's nickname. Later, "Spook II" was the nickname of the next aircraft he was assigned, B-25C "Spook II / Onkle Rafe" 41-12969.
On January 26, 1943 took off from 3-Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Turner Williams. Immediately after take off, this aircraft nosed nosed over and crashed. The pilot, 1st Lt. Turner Williams was trapped inside and burned to death. The gunner survived. Afterwards, the A-20 was written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
World War II Army Enlistment Records - Turner Williamson
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20A Havoc 40-109
"109 in accident Nov 5, 1941" [sic]
FindAGrave - Turner Williamson (grave photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis.
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January 31, 2018