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  A-20G-20-DO Havoc Serial Number 42-86736  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  1st Lt Kenneth W. Lindsay, O-799035 (MIA / KIA) Wakefield, MA
Passenger  1st Lt. Leonard T. Duval, O-806242 (survived) Morgan City, LA
Crew  ? (MIA / KIA)
Crew  ? (MIA / KIA)

Force Landed  July 16, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

On April 5, 1944 this A-20 took off piloted by Prochoroff on a mission against Hollandia.

Mission History
On July 16, 1944 took off from ???? Airfield piloted by 1st Lt Kenneth W. Lindsay on to transfer a flight crew to deliver a flight crew to ??? Airfield on Biak Island. Aboard was passenger 1st Lt Leonard T. Duval in the life raft compartment, laying prone behind the pilot.

During the flight, the crew observed Japanese on the beach and made a turn to circle over them, or possibly to make an attack against them. Damaged, the A-20 made an immediate force landing on the beach. Officially, this A-20 was listed as lost due to "engine trouble" and force landed on the beach.

During the crash landing, the two enlisted men were killed in the landing and remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Pilot Lindsay was severely injured in the crash. Passenger Duval was unhurt.

Search
When this A-20 failed to arrive, it was not noted as missing for two days. After search aircraft began looking, the crashed aircraft was observed on a beach at ?????.

Fates of the Crew
Pilot Lindsay was severly injured in the crash. Duval survived unhurt and was captured by the Japanese who wanted to take him to their camp and leave wounded Lindsay at the crash site.

Duval insisted on carrying wounded Lindsay with then and the group walked to their camp. Later, Duval claimed he heard a gun shot and that Lindsay was put out of his misery. Later, Duval escaped and was later captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). His hands were bound and he was detained below their hut but managed to free his hands and escaped and ran away.

Later, he was again captured, and the Japanese took away his clothing and bound his hands tightly. He again managed to escape and wandered for days without food or water before reaching the American front lines and was found and rescued by soldiers from the U. S. Army 31st Division "Dixie Division" near Sarmi.

Memorials
The three missing crew members was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All three are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Lindsay also has a memorial marker at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield, MA.

References
Previously, 1st Lt Kenneth W. Lindsay survived the ditching A-20G Havoc 43-21414 on June 19, 1944
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Kenneth W. Lindsay
90th Bombardment Squadron History, July 1944 "A-20G 42-86736 - Lost in training flight" also page 7 list the pilot and two crew as "Killed In Action"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth W. Lindsay
FindAGrave - 1Lt Kenneth Walter Lindsay (tablets of the missing, memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

MIA
MIA
3 Missing

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