|Pilot 2nd Lt. Allan W. Garlick, O-677478 (MIA / KIA, BR) Saint Paul, MN
Gunner SSgt Edward A. Adams, 11036100 (MIA / KIA, BR) Charlestown, MA
Photographer Sgt George A. Newcomb, 6912390 (MIA / KIA, BR) Vinita Park, MS
MIA March 12, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 42-154747 and 42-155020. Weapon serial numbers unknown. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 12, 1944 one of thirty-six A-20s that took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 (APO 713, Unit 1) piloted by 2nd Lt. Allan W. Garlick on a mission against Boram Airfield near Wewak. The weather was overcast at 10,000'-15,000' with stratocumulus 8/10 coverage with bottoms at 1,500' and tops at 4,000'.
Returning from the mission, this A-20 was last contacted by radio by Major Rosebush and reported its position as south of the Sepik River. At the time, this aircraft was at 7,000' with one engine vibrating badly, due to the propeller governor not functioning. Rosebush advised him to feather the engine and proceed to Dumpu Airfield. Pilot Garlick responded "Roger".
No trace of this aircraft was seen or heard afterwards and the crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this A-20 crashed into a mountain near Simbai.
The next day, A-20G Havoc piloted by Major Rosebush unsuccessfully searched for this A-20, searching the Dumpu area and the southern coast of New Guinea towards Port Moresby. He spotted two A-20s on the beach, presumably two aircraft lost on this mission.
On July 26, 1970 this aircraft was visited by Reverend Daryl A. Schendel a missionary working in the area accompanied by local guides who trekked to the crash site over three days. This aircraft crashed upside down with the rear fuselage and tail intact, the cockpit section burned. Two skeletons were found partially inside the aircraft and on the ground. The pilot was cremated in the cockpit which had burned, but his jaw, leg bone and dog tags and several personal items were found. Later, remains were recovered.
Garlick and Adams were officially declared dead on January 19, 1946. Garlick and Adams are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
After the recovery of remains, Newcomb was buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section X site 232. Adams us buried at Cemetery on the Hill in Salem, MA. Garlick is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at section T site 687.
Missing Air Crew Report 4109 (MACR 4109)
NAA Boston Missing, page 32 (NAA: 280/6950619/A9845, Box 20)
RAAF Status Card - Boston A-20G 42-86730
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Allan W. Garlick "His remains have been recovered."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Edward A. Adams "SSGT Adams' remains have been recovered and identified"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George A. Newcomb "Sgt. Newcomb's remains were recovered and identified after the war"
FindAGrave - 2Lt Allan W Garlick (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Allan Wendall Garlick (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Edward A Adams (tablets of the missing photo)
SSGT Edward A Adams (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt George A Newcomb (grave photo)
Daryl A. Schendel letter to Mark Clayton (undated)
Pacific Island Monthly report about A-20 discovery
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis.
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February 4, 2018