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  A-20G-25-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9122  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Chester B. Rimer, O-799640 (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  Pvt. Stanley J. Monroe, 37030366 832nd Signal Service Company (MIA / KIA) MN
Passenger  PFC. Morlan B. Priebe, U.S. Army, 171st Station Hospital (MIA / KIA) GA
Passenger  Cpl. Mitchell P. Iler, 34261253 U.S. Army, 52nd Signal Battalion (MIA / KIA) MN

MIA  February 4, 1944
MACR  unknown

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. Crew chief unknown.

Mission History
On February 4, 1944 took off from Port Moresby on a training mission to practice strafing. Aboard were three U. S. Army passengers. This A-20 crashed into the sea between Bavo Island and Idihi Island off the southern coast of New Guinea.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Iler has a memorial marker at Sands Field Methodist Church Cemetery
in Daisy, GA.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 5803 (MACR 5803) is not associated with this loss, rather B-24H Liberator 41-28710 pilot Bailey lost June 12, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Chester B. Rimer
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Stanley J. Monroe
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Morlan B. Priebe
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Mitchell P. Iler
FindAGrave - 2Lt Chester B Rimer
FindAGrave - PVT Stanley J Monroe (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Morlan L Priebe (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Mitchell P Iler
FindAGrave - Mitchell Palmer Iler (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9122
Rampage of the Roarin' 20s pages 60, 346, 354

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

MIA
MIA
4 Missing

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