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  A-20G-25-DO "Pistol Packin Mama" Serial Number 43-9391  
USAAF
5th AF
417th BG

Former Assignments
312th BG
387th BS

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Shipped overseas and assembled at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville.

Wartime History
On March 20, 1944 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron at Hollandia via Cairns, Horn Island, 7-Mile Drome to Nadzab Airfield. Assigned to pilot Captain John C. Alsup with crew chief Slavin. Nicknamed "Pistol Packin' Mama". During early 1944, transferred to the 417th Bombardment Group.

On July 4, 1944 while parked at Nadzab Airfield, this aircraft was being serviced in a ravetment. A battery spark started a fire in the bomb bay loaded with four 500lbs bombs. The ground crew ran for cover when the aircraft caught fire and exploded, damaging ten nearby A-20 Havocs including A-20G 43-21627.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's page 135, 136 (photo) 204 (profile), 212 (profile detail), 135, 358

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

Tech Info
A-20

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