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  A-20G-20-DO Havoc Serial Number 42-86615 Tail T
USAAF
5th AF
417th BG
675th BS

Former Assignment
3rd BG
13th BS

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Charles Darby 1979

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John Douglas 2003

Pilot  ? (survived)
Force Landed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"'


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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Later, transferred to the 417th Bombardment Group, 675th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter "T".

On April 5, 1944 this A-20 took off piloted by Taylor on a strike mission against Hollandia.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield on a low level strike mission against Hollandia. Returning, this aircraft and wing man A-20G 42-86563 pulled out of formation and became lost in bad weather. Finding the north coast of New Guinea, they followed the coastline until critically low on fuel then force landed at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2) near Saidor Airfield. Afterwards, this A-20 was written off, and salvaged for parts by the service squadrons.

Wreckage
Until November 1985, this A-20 remained in situ at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2, Biliau). The "Dauntless Demons" markings of the 675th Bombardment Squadron were still visible on the aircraft.

Salvage
During November 1985, the fuselage of this aircraft was salvage by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Transported to Australia, this aircraft was placed into storage at RAAF Museum at Point Cook.

Restoration and Storage
During 1988-1991, parts of this A-20 were used in the RAAF restorations of DB-7B "J is for Jessica" A28-8 and A-20G "Hell'N Pelican II" 42-86786. Until 2002, the remaining pieces of salvaged parts were placed into storage at RAAF Point Cook. During 2002, remaining parts of this aircraft were possibly disposed, traded or sold by the RAAF to Precision Aerospace (Precision Airmotive).

References
Black Sunday page 97
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 50 (lower)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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