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  A-20G-40-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-21627  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
387th BS

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Neville Mines 1960s

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David Gillis 1969

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Ray Fairfield 1970

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Justin Taylan 2006

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
This A-20 was reassembled at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. During June 1944 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron and ferried from Cairns via Horn Island and 7-Mile Drome to Nadzab Airfield. No known nose art or nickname.

On July 4, 1943 while parked at Nadzab Airfield, a nearby A-20G 43-9391 exploded in its revetment, and damaged ten nearby A-20's, including this aircraft's fin. Afterwards, It was repaired with the tail fin salvaged from A-20G 43-9092.

This A-20 operated from Gusap Airfield and Hollandia Airfield flying low level strikes against Japanese including targets at Sawar, Sarmi, Utarom and Babo. Left the squadron during November 1944.

Mission History
During late 1944, this A-20's wing was damaged by by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Pilots had been instructed that, if badly damaged, they should put down at Tadji Airfield to avoid closing Hollandia Airfield which was heavily used at the time. The squadron records do not show who was flying this A-20 on the day it was written off. After inspecting damage to the airframe it was scrapped and pushed to the side of the runway and used for parts.

Wreckage
Until 1974, this aircraft remained at Tadji Airfield.

Salvage
During 1974 salvaged by Australian 'Monty' Armstrong for David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force (MARC).

Restoration
Under restoration for almost 30 years by MARC. Prior to January 2006, transfered to the PIMA Air Museum where restoration continues.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks cover, page 41, 70
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-21627
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 359

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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