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  A-20G-30-DO "A Touch of Texas" Serial Number 43-9623 Tail G
5th AF
417th BG
672nd BS

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Pilot  McCoy E. Palmer, O-803668 (survived)
Gunner  Sgt William R. Trinkle, 15300245 (survived)
Gunner  SSgt William R. Campbell (survived)

Ditched  March 12, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-30-DO Havoc serial number 43-9623. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group, 672nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "A Touch of Texas" painted with the nose art of a kneeling cowgirl next to a red star with the nickname inside in yellow with "Texas" below in white. Tail letter G. Assigned to crew chief TSgt J.W. Chrzanowski.

Mission History
On March 12, 1944 took off from Dobodura Airfield piloted by McCoy E. Palmer on a training mission to conduct bombing and strafing practice on the Ayutosen Maru (The Gona Wreck) off Gona. Over the target, the left engine cut out, this A-20 ditched near the shipwreck. The entire crew survived unhurt.

The crew were rescued by Australian Army personnel who rowed out to assist them, and took them to shore.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-20-DO Havoc 42-86778
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9623

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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