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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)
Gunner  ? (survived)
Force Landed  April 16, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-88615. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) 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 "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 675th Bombardment Squadron (675th BS). 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 mission was dubbed "Black Sunday".

Wreckage
After the force landing, this A-20 was written off, and salvaged for parts by the service squadrons. 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
Between 1988 to 1991, the salvaged parts of this A-20 were used by the RAAF in their restorations of DB-7B "J is for Jessica" A28-8 and A-20G "Hell'N Pelican II" 42-86786.

Storage
Afterwards, the remaining 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
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-20-DO Havoc 42-86615
"86615 (417th BG, 675th BS) crashed on landing at Yamai airfield Apr 16, 1944. Wreck was recovered from Saidor, New Guinea in 1985 for use by RAAF Museum in restoration of A-20G 42-86786. Remains of this aircraft noted in storage at RAAF Amberley, Australia November 2002, for disposal by RAAF Museum now that their two A-20 restorations are complete."
Black Sunday (2000) by Michael Claringbould page 97
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 50 (lower)

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Last Updated
October 31, 2019

 

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