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  A-20G-30-DO "Je Reviens" Serial Number 43-9458 Tail F
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

Former Assignments
417th BG

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312th BG c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Assigned to the U. S. Army on November 27, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 417th Bombardment Group. Transferred to the 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain Ed Hambleton who nicknamed it "Je Reviens" after the book by the same name that he read on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam on the trip overseas from California to Australia.

On March 25, 1944 over Wewak, this A-20 was damaged by anti-aircraft fire that hit the cockpit.

On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" took off on a strike mission against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encontered severe weather and ran low on fuel. After landing at Gusap Airfield, this A-20 ran out of fuel.

A few weeks later, this A-20 was damaged over Wewak when a bullet entering the canopy and wounding the gunner Sgt Irving Cohen in the leg.

On July 3, 1944 this A-20 was damaged while landing at Hollandia Airfield and was repaired.

On July 9, 1944 flew a strike mission against Babo Airfield.

On September 18, 1944 the nose wheel collapsed on takeoff, causing structural damage. Afterwards, it was written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared. In total, this A-20 flew , more than 80 combat missions flying from Gusap Airfield and Hollandia Airfield and a total of 35 combat missions piloted by Hambleton.

Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 32, 80 (photo), 118, 132 (photo), 205, 213 (profile #16), 365, 385 (photo)

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January 31, 2018


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