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

Pilot  2nd Lt. Sam L. Norris, O-677419 (MIA / KIA) Travis County, TX
Gunner
  SSgt Michael P. Schussman, 36189953 (MIA / KIA) Kalamazoo County, MI
Photographer
 SSgt Lewis B. Conser, 19024398 5th AF Camera Unit (MIA / KIA) Marin County, CA
Ditched  February 15, 1944 at 9:45am
MACR  16315

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-86728. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
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 piloted by 2nd Lt. Sam L. Norris on a low level strike 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.

Damaged, this 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. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

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

Norris earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Schussman earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Conser was a combat photographer from 5th Army Air Force Combat Camera Unit (5thAF CCU). He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.


References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-20-DO Havoc 42-86728

"86728 (3rd BG, 13th BS) shot down by AAA during attack on Kavieng, New Britain Feb 15, 1944. 3 crew killed."
Missing Air Crew Report 16315 (MACR 16315)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sam L. Norris
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael P. Schussman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lewis B. Conser
FindAGrave - 2Lt Sam L Norris (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Michael P Schussman (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Lewis B Conser (tablets of the missing photo)
Thanks to Phil Fazzini and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 15, 2019

 

Tech Info
A-20

Map
Map
February 15, 1944

MIA
MIA
3 Missing
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