|Pilot 2nd Lt. Francis C. Pruitt, O-442230 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crew 2nd Lt. Cornelius F. O'Leary, O-649101(MIA / KIA) MA
Crew SSgt Roger S. Martin, 11014927(MIA / KIA) NH
Crew S/Sgt Roland C. Noyes, Jr., 18010733 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA November 16, 1942
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
On June 12, 1942 one of four A-20A's that arrived at Fairbairn Airfield near Canberra and
assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) to 18 Squadron. Two
days later, they were withdrawn in favor of B-25
Mitchell bombers. Instead, returned to the U. S. Army. Flown via Brisbane to Charters
Towers Airfield. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Abijah Gooch".
On November 16, 1942 took off from Cairns Airfield on a flight bound for Port
Moresby. This aircraft failed to arrive and the crew were declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
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January 5, 2018