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  A-20G-30-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9626  
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

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Justin Taylan 2005

Pilot  2nd Lt. Albert Jesser (survived)
Passenger  Pfc Harry S. Scott, 16038889 27th Air Depot Group, 27th Repair Squadron (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Passenger  Pvt Charles E. Hackman, 36058243 27th Air Depot Group, Headquarters (MIA / KIA) Peoria, IL

Crashed  March 18, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. On December 15, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-30-DO Havoc serial number 43-9626. On January 11, 1944 disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
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 E. 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 remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA). 

This aircraft, including both engines remains in shallow water near the mangrove swamps.

Ray Fairfield visted this site in the 1960s:
"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. Both remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Albert Jesser
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Harry S. Scott
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Charles Hackman
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-30-DO Havoc 43-9626
"9626 in accident Mar 19, 1944"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry S. Scott
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles E. Hackman
FindAGrave - PFC Harry S Scott (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt Charles E Hackman (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 (2009)
Thanks to Ray Fairfield for additional information.

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Last Updated
March 18, 2019


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