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  A-20G-20-DO Havoc Serial Number 42-86728  
5th AF
3rd BG
13th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Sam L. Norris, O-677419 (MIA / KIA) TX
  S/Sgt Michael P. Schussman, 36189953 (MIA / KIA) MI
 S/Sgt Lewis B. Conser, 19024398 (MIA / KIA) CA

Ditched  February 15, 1944 around 9:45am
MACR  16315

Crew History
Norris was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Gamage was awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart,
Conser was a combat photographer from 5th AF Camera Unit

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On February 15, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a mission against Kavieng. Over the target, this A-20 attacked shipping in Kavieng Harbor and was observed to partially explode at about 200' altitude and go down with the left engine and wing on fire. The A-20 hit the water and exploded about out 200 yards north of Nusa Island, another A-20 over flew the wreckage and saw only a portion of the wing on the surface. Another reference places the position as 200 yards east of Nusa Island off Kavieng Harbor.

The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Thanks to Aerothentic Publications for this information.
Thanks to Phil Fazzini and Edward Rogers for gunner information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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