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|Pilot 1st Lt. Frank W. Wells, O-665475 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner SSgt Frederick H. Aeilts (MIA / KIA)
Crashed August 11, 1944
When lost, this A-20 had engines R-2600-23 serial numbers left 43-103693 and right 43-103710. Nose machine gun serial numbers: 675748. 946658. 675789, 676028, 947010, 114975. Top Turret machine gun serial numbers 114977 and 563450.
Over the target, the A-20s bombed, strafed barges and three dropped leaflet around Cape Bitsjaroe, southwest of Utarom. The organization of the mission broke down and A-20s attacked targets individually.
After the mission, other crews recalled hearing distress calls from Wells and that he was "going down", another pilot observed this A-20 a half mile away being targeted by anti-aircraft fire, likely from nearby Kaimana Airfield (Utarom).
Presumed to have been shot down or ditched into the sea off the target. Last observed by fellow pilots Hogan and Folmar to the west of Kaimana Bay.
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