Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.
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.
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
Until 1974, this aircraft remained at Tadji Airfield.
During 1974 salvaged by Australian 'Monty' Armstrong for David Tallichet / Yesterday's
Air Force (MARC).
Under restoration for almost 30 years by MARC. Prior to January 2006, transfered to the PIMA Air Museum where restoration continues.
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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June 29, 2019