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  A-20G-30 Havoc Serial Number 43-9625 Tail H
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

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John Loughman 1969

Pilot  1st John W. Hoover, O-662936 (KIA, BR) OH
Gunner  Sgt Warren E. Pelissier, 31028866 (KIA, BR) MA
Crew Chief  S/Sgt Louis F. Lawson, 15085026 (KIA, BR) OH

Crashed  March 26, 1944 at 10:30am
MACR  15538

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Assigned to pilot Hoover with crew chief Lawson. When lost engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 42-154946 and 43-103389. Weapon serial numbers not noted in the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).

Mission History
On March 26, 1944 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on a ferry flight bound for Guasp Airfield. After take off, this aircraft encountered a thunderstorm that caused it to stalland crash into Sentinel Hill, roughly ten miles north of Port Moresby.

Wreckage
Until the early 1980s, the tail section and wing of this aircraft remained in situ. Scrapped by local people sometime afterwards.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Two of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery) Hoover at section C grave 1510. Lawson at section Q grave 396. Pelissier is buried at Central Cemetery in Randolph, MA.

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15538
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9625
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 347, 361
FindAGrave - Lieut John W Hoover (grave photo, date of death incorrectly listed as March 25, 1944)
FindAGrave - Warren Emerson Pelissier
FindAGrave - Sgt Louis Edward Lawson (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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