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  A-20G-25 "Shag On" Serial Number 43-9134 Tail N
USAAF
5th AF
8th Service Group
360th Service Squadron
CRTC School

Former assignment
312th BG
388th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt William N. Sleeth, O-782801 360th ASG, HQ (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner  Cpl Wendell H. Shepherd, 35221683 360th ASG, HQ (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner  Cpl Gordon O'Brien, 13179254 360th ASG, HQ (MIA / KIA) PA

Crashed  February 9, 1945
MACR  12255

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron during February 1944. Nicknamed "Shag On", with a seated woman looking over her shoulder and opening her brassiere. Also "Passionate Peggy" painted on the left gun access panel. Assigned to pilot 2n Lt. M. D. Gentry whose regular gunner was Lyle Ferguson and crew chief SSgt Fry. This A-20 was base at Gusap Airfield during March - May 1944 flying combat missions, it remained in service with the squadron until October 1944.

Afterwards, assigned to the 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron part of the FEAF - CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield. When lost engines R-2600-23 serial number 43-105590 and R-2600-A5DO constructors number 37276.

Mission History
On February 9, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield as part of a four plane formation assigned to attack installations on the east of Muschu Island at 8:00am. While dropping its bombs, this A-20 observed by the other planes in the formation to disappeared and a larger column of smoke and fire was obsered on the beach at the water's edge. The cause of the crash was unknown. The entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Postwar, during iinterrogations of Japanese Prisoners Of War (POW), (AWM 54 1010/9/88) Sgt-Maj TsuTsui Makato from 33 machine cannon company claims to have shot down aircraft.

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20A Havoc 43-9134
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William N. Sleeth
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wendell H. Shepherd
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gordon O'Brien
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 56, 62 (photo), 198 (color photo), 355, 370 (photo), 374 (photo)
Other sources state this aircraft was assigned to the 7th Aerodrome Squadron

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

MIA
MIA
3 Missing

Map
3.25
143.35

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