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  P-70A Havoc Serial Number 42-33143  
USAAF
5th AF
418th NFS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert M. Forrestal, O-746073 (MIA / KIA) WI
Radio
 F/O Harry D Holley, T-180073 (MIA / KIA) PA

Crashed  April 2, 1944
MACR  4074

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to the South West Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 418th Night Fighter Squadron. No known nickname. When lost, engines GR-2600-A5B0 serial numbers 61010 and 58945.

Mission History
On April 2, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield at 5:30pm to drop supplies at Bogia. It was never seen or heard from after take off.

Wreckage
On July 2, 1963, the aircraft was located and partial skeletal remains of the pilot was recovered by Australian patrol officers. A US Army S5R team visited the site on May 16, 1964. After making a thorough search, no further regains were found. Villagers state that one crew members parachuted and was taken to Madang.

Memorials
Both crew were offically declared dead on January 19, 1946 and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-70 Havoc 42-33143 piloted by Forrestal

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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