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  A-20G-25-DO "My True Love / Rough Stuff!" Serial Number 43-9038 Tail K
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

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1944

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. First A-20G-25-DO built. Assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron on February 19, 1944 to pilot 1st Lt. Bertram N. Haymen with crew chief TSgt Francis Carr.

Initially, this A-20 was nicknamed "My True Love" by Haymen, but his wife objected, and instead he renamed the aircraft "Rough Stuff!" with her name, Ester below the nose art. Each of the engine cowls had a name: "Thelma" and "Velma" painted by crew chief Carr.

Wartime History
Operated from Guasp Airfield during April-May 1944.

On April 18, 1944 following a mission against Hollandia, thi sA-20 led the formation through an intense thunder storm back to Guasp Airfield.

On November 7, 1944, damaged on the ground at Nadzab Airfield during a flight line explosion and repaired. Written off on October 18, 1944. In total, this A-20 flew at least 40 combat mission.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20s page 101 (photos), 360, 364 (photo)

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January 9, 2018

 

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