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  A-20G-20-DO Havoc Serial Number 42-86768  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Former assignments
13th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Harold R. Prince, O-888775 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  TSgt Ashford H. Cardwell, 38329361 (MIA / KIA) LA
Engineer  TSgt Anthony Zulkus, 11009240 (rescued)
Passenger  Ambrose J. Finnegan, Jr., 2036172 5th AF, HQ (MIA / KIA) PA

Crashed  May 14, 1944
MACR  4847

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Tail letter unknown.

Wartime History
On April 5, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by Prokopovitz on a bombing mission against Hollandia.

On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Donald W. Dower on a low level strike mission against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front. This A-20 belly landed at Saidor Airfield. Sliding across the runway, this aircraft struck P-47D "Dirty Old Man". Damaged, ground crews had extricate the pilot from the twisted fuselage.

Afterwards, this A-20 was officially written off but was repaired and continued flying as a administrative aircraft with the 90th Bombardment Squadron. When lost, engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 42-175009 and 42-175164. Weapon serial numbers not noted in MACR.

Mission History
On May 14, 1944 took off on an administrative flight departing Momote Airfield at 17:05 on a flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. This A-20 ditched or crashed at sea. At least one member of the crew, Zulkus managed to survive.

Search
The next day Captain Dean and Major Kenneth Rosebush took off on a search mission to locate this aircraft. No trace was found.

Rescue
Later (details unknown) Zulkus was rescued and returned to duty.

Memorials
Prince, Cardwell and Finnegan were officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Black Sunday page 96
Diary of Lt. Clifford Taylor, April 16, 1944 "The only report on the 13th was that Dower had crash landed at an emergency strip north of Saidor."
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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