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Charles Darby 1979
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Phillip Crow (survived)
Gunner ? (survived)
Force Landed April 16, 1944
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9265. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-25-DO Havoc serial number 43-9401. Disassembled and shipped overseas to and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 672nd Bombardment Squadron (672nd BS). No known nickname or nose art.
On April 16, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Phillip Crow on a low level strike mission against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front. Force landed at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2) near Saidor Airfield, During the landing, this A-20's undercarriage was severely damaged. Both crew survived unhurt. Afterwards, this mission was dubbed "Black Sunday" due to the number of aircraft lost due to bad weather. This A-20 was written off and abandoned.
Until November 1985, this A-20 remained in situ at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2, Biliau).
During November 1985, the fuselage of this A-20 was salvage by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Shipped to Australia and placed into storage at RAAF Museum at Point Cook.
Restoration and Storage
During 1988-1991, parts of this A-20 were used in the RAAF restorations of DB-7B "J is for Jessica" A28-8 and A-20G "Hell'N Pelican II" 42-86786. Until 2002, the remaining pieces of salvaged parts were placed into storage at RAAF Point Cook. During 2002, remaining parts of this aircraft were possibly disposed, traded or sold by the RAAF to Precision Aerospace (Precision Airmotive).
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-25-DO Havoc 43-9401
"9401 (672nd BS, 417th BG) force-landed at Yamai Apr 16, 1944 infamous Black Sunday mission to Hollanida. Wreck was recovered in 1985 for use by RAAF Museum in restoration of A-20G 42-86786. Remains of this aircraft noted in storage at RAAF Amberley, Australia November 2002, for disposal by RAAF Museum now that their two A-20 restorations are complete 9406 (3rd BG, 8th BS) hit by AAA and crashed into Kasira River near Babo, Dutch East Indies Jun 17, 1944. MACR 6300. Both crew KIA."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9401
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 48 (middle), 50 (upper)
Black Sunday (2000) by Michael Claringbould page 97
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