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  A-20G-40-DO "Porky" Serial Number 43-21297 Tail L
5th AF
312th BG
387th BS

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Assigned to the US Army on February 27, 1944. Assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron on March 21, 1944 with tail letter L. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Jessie D. Sowell who nicknamed it "Porky" with a cartoon pig figure holding an aerial bomb and smoking. Crew chief SSgt Wilson J. Metcalf, with Sgt R. A. Hickey as assistant crew chief.

After Sowell completed his tour of duty, this A-20 was assigned to 1st Lt. Mickey J. Matthews, during March 1945. He would fly a total of 38 combat missions in "Porky".

Operated from Elmore Airfield during January 1945. Flew missions against Marakina on January 13, Echague February 26 and March 3, 1945.

While based at Mangaldan Airfield, on March 25, 1945 piloted by Matthews, this A-20 experienced engine failure after a mission against Kyoshita, Formosa but was able to successfully land on one engine back to base. After repairs, it was flown again on March 31 against Saiatau.

In total, this A-20 had flown 126 combat missions by the end of the war. Likely scrapped later in 1945.

Rampage of the Roarin' 20s pages 186 (photo) 207 (profile #22) 214, 388-389, 358

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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