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  A-20G-30-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9477  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. John Soloc, O-742376 (survived)
Gunner  SSgt Donald L. Bradley, 6953407 (survived)

Ditched  March 19, 1944
MACR  419

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S, Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On March 19, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a low level strike mission. Over the target, this A-20 made a low level attack and released its bombs over a Japanese barge (Fox Tare Baker) and was damaged by a bomb blast or anti-aircraft fire that damaged the right engine, knocking it loose from the mount and making the aircraft unstable. This A-20 ditched into the sea roughly 20 miles from the target and roughly eighty miles northwest of Wewak. Both crew survived the ditching unhurt.

Rescue
The next day, both crew were rescued by a PBY Catalina from VP-34, seventeen hours after ditching.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 419 (MACR 419)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20A Havoc 43-9477
89th Bombardment Squadron History frames 2309, 2349 and 2350
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
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