|Pilot 2nd Lt. Peter A. Adroetti, O-759548 (MIA / KIA)
Engineer Cpl James J. Garmody, 33737513 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner Cpl Raymond H. Hatlestad, 17144398 (MIA / KIA) MN
Crashed October 1, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron part of the FEAF - CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield. When lost, engines R2600-23 serial numbers 42-154930 and 42-82856. Weapon serial numbers not noted in MACR.
Took off from Nadzab Airfield at 10:00am with A-20G 42-86717 on a local transition training flight bound for Lae. After take off, both were not seen again. Both crashed into a steep slope in the Saruwaged Range,
a few miles north of Nadzab.
The next day, the first search was flown by 1st Lt. R. F. Hedlin from 15:30 to 16:25, from Nadzab to Finachafen and return, with nil sightings. Another search was flown by two aircraft piloted by Lt. Spence and Lt Hedlin. One searched from Nadzab up the Markham Valley past Gusap and Dumpu. The other searched to Madang, where he landed then returned. Both searches had nil results.
The crash site was later located and the remains of the crew were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, Hatlestad was buried at Plot D Row 10 Grave 168 at Manila American Cemetery. Details on the other two crew members are unknown, but likely buried in private burials in their hometowns.
Machine Gun Recovered
During the 1970s, one of the 50 caliber machine
guns from this wreck was recovered by Charles
Darby and is installed into P-40 A29-448, restored in New Zealand.
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February 4, 2018