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  A-20A "Dragon Lady / Riff Raff / Carolina" Serial Number 40-132  
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Riff Raff", "Carolina" and "Dragon Lady".

On January 8, 1943 took off from 3 Mile Drome (Kila Kila) near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. John G. Kelly Jr. on a mission against Lae. Over the target, the hydraulic system was damaged. Prior to landing at 3 Mile Drome, the wheels failed to extend. Instead, force landed at 7 Mile Drome without injury. Afterwards, this A-20 was repaired.

On April 4, 1943 this A-20 was damaged again. The nose section of A-20A "Old Man Mose" 40-101 was used to repair this aircraft.

Diary of 89th A-20 pilot John G. Kelly Jr. - January 8, 1943 via Edward Rogers
"Tried to get to Lae, hydro. lines shot out on way. Returned to Kila and tried to shake wheels down. Crashed at 7 Mile Strip Everyone okay. K-20."
USAAF Serial Numbers - lists 40-132 as "in accident Jan 11, 1943"

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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