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  A-20A "The Comet" Serial Number 40-167  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Turner P. Messick (survived)
Gunner  Cpl Taylor
(survived)
Ditched  September 11, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20A Havoc serial number 40-167. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd Attack Group), 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "The Comet".

Mission History
On September 11, 1942 took off from 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby as one of thirteen A-20s on a low level strafing mission against Buna Airfield. Damaged, this aircraft ditched, also lost was A-20A "Little Ruby" 40-3145.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20A Havoc 40-167

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Last Updated
April 14, 2018

 

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