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  A-20G-30-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9491  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
13th BS

Pilot  ? (survived)
Gunner  ? (survived)
Force Landed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"


Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-30-DO Havoc serial number 43-9491. Disassembled and shipped overseas across the Pacific to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by ? on low level bombing mission against Hollandia a led by Major Richard Walker (C. O. 13th Bombardment Squadron). Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front and bad weather. This A-20 force landed at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2) near Saidor Airfield. Afterwards, this mission was dubbed "Black Sunday" due to the number of aircraft lost due to bad weather.

Wreckage
This A-20 remained in situ at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2, Biliau).

Salvage
During November 1985, the fuselage of this aircraft was salvage by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Transported to Australia, this aircraft was 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. Afterwards, 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).

References
Black Sunday (2000) by Michael Claringbould pages 75-76, 97

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019

 

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