|Pilot 1st Lt. John Soloc, O-742376 (survived)
Gunner SSgt Donald L. Bradley, 6953407 (survived)
Ditched March 19, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S, Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
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.
The next day, both crew were rescued by a PBY Catalina from VP-34, seventeen hours after ditching.
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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January 5, 2018