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  A-20A "Abijah Gooch" Serial Number 40-155  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Former Assignments:
NEIAF
18 Squadron

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
MACR  none

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 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 Two days later, they were withdrawn in favor of B-25 Mitchell bombers.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".

Mission History
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).

Memorials
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

MIA
MIA
4 Missing

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