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  A-20G-25-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9401  
5th AF
417th BG
672nd BS

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Charles Darby 1979

Pilot  2nd Lt. Phillip Crow (survived)
Gunner  ? (survived)

Force Landed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group, 672nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield 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).

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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Last Updated
March 10, 2019


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