Lt. Albert Jesser (survived)
Passenger Pfc Harry S. Scott, 16038889 27th Air Depot Group (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger Pvt Charles Hackman, 36058243 27th Air Depot Group (MIA / KIA) IL
Crashed March 18, 1944
Built at Douglas on March 19, 1944. Delivered to the U. S. Army on December 15, 1944. Departed the United States on January 11, 1944 and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On March 18, 1944 took off from Port Moresby piloted by 2nd
Lt. Albert Jesser on an operational flight over Port Moresby. Aboard were two passengers from the 27th Air Depot Group: Pfc Harry S. Scott and Pvt Charles Hackman. For unknown reasons, this A-20 crashed into the northwest corner of Fairfax
Harbor near Motukea Island. The pilot survived and returned
to duty. Both passengers were killed
in the crash and their bodies never recovered and were listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
This aircraft, including both engines remains in shallow water near the mangrove swamps.
Ray Fairfield adds:
"I have been out, wading and snorkeling, to that A-20 wreck. I wasn't able to find an identity, but the external nose guns and armor were there in the mud."
Scott and Hackman were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9626
Wrecks & Reefs pages 10 (map), 120-121
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's
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February 4, 2018