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  A-20G-10-DO Havoc Serial Number 42-54083  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
389th BS

Former assignments
3rd BG
89th BS

Pilot  Major Selmon W. Wells (rescued)
Gunner  SSgt Jack W. Bachelder (rescued)

Ditched  March 13, 1944 at 8:40am
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. On March 4, 1944 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter unknown.

Mission History
One of nine A-20s that took off from Gusap Airfield No. 5 led by Major Wells on a strike mission against Alexishafen Airfield No. 1 Strip. At 8:30am, the formation performed a low level strike over the target.

This A-20 was hit by anti-aircraft fire that caused both engines to begin smoking. Pilot Wells successfully ditched into the sea roughly two miles east of Sek Island. Both crew survived unhurt, but their life raft failed to inflate automatically, requiring them to partially inflate it by mouth.

Rescue
A-20G piloted by Strauss circled over the downed crew and radioed the US Navy base at Saidor to perform a rescue. He waited until P-47s arrived and dropped dye markers near the downed crew and orbited until a PBY Catalina landed to rescue them. Afterwards, both crew were delivered to a US Navy hospital ship off Saidor for treatment, then returned to duty.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 77-78, 363

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

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