|Pilot John L. Trazaskowski (survived)
Gunner ? (survived)
Force Landed March 12, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-86614. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 12, 1944 one of thirty-six A-20s that took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 (APO 713, Unit 1) on a mission against Boram Airfield west of Wewak. The weather was overcast at 10,000'-15,000' with stratocumulus 8/10 coverage with bottoms at 1,500' and tops at 4,000'.
Returning from the mission, A-20G Havoc 42-86747 piloted by Rutters was to lead the four planes in his section back to Nadzab Airfield. Instead, Rutters became lost and separated from the other planes. This A-20 became separated and ran low on fuel and ditched near the mouth of the Purari River near McDowell Island on the southern coast of New Guinea.
The next day, A-20G Havoc piloted by Major Rosebush unsuccessfully searched for A-20G 42-86730, searching the Dumpu area and the southern coast of New Guinea towards Port Moresby. He spotted two A-20s on the beach, presumably two aircraft lost on this mission.
Fates of the Crew
The crew survived unhurt and were taken by native people to the Australian Army and transported to Port Moresby and returned to duty.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-20-DO Havoc 42-86614
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis.
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February 4, 2018