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Charles Darby 1979
John Douglas 2003
|Pilot ? (survived)
Gunner ? (survived)
Force Landed April 16, 1944
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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).
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