|Pilot George A. Campagna, O-758152 (KIA, BR)
Engineer Cpl Edward J. Domohowski, 11093240 (KIA, BR) MA
Gunner Cpl Ross W. Barnes (KIA, BR) MA
Crashed October 1, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. This A-20 flew combat missions over New Guinea.
Afterwards, assigned to the 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron part of the FEAF - CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield. A red stripe was painted on the top of the tail and "CRTC" on the side of the nose.
Took off from Nadzab Airfield at 10:00am with A-20G "Crap Shooter" 42-54155 on a local transition training flight bound for Lae. After take off, both were not seen again. Both crashed into a steep slope in the Saruwaged Range
a few miles north of Nadzab.
The next day, a search was flown by 1st Lt. R. F. Hedlin from 15:30 to 16:25, from Nadzab to Finschafen and returned with no sightings. Another search was flown by two aircraft piloted by Lt. Spence and Lt Hedlin. One searched from Nadzab up the Markham Valley past Gusap and Dumpu. The other searched to Madang, where he landed then returned. Both searches had nil results.
The crash site was later located and the remains of the crew were recovered.
Michael Claringbould visited this aircraft in 1976:
"At the time and had "CRTC School painted on its nose. #717 has no MIA aircrew."
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, Domohowski was buried at Manila American Cemetery. Domohowski at Plot A Row 13 Grave 74. Barnes is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 12 site 2344. Campagna's grave details are unknown, presumed to be in a private cemetery in the United States.
Ben Palleiko (great nephew of Domohowski)
"If anybody has visited it recently, I would love to hear if it or the other plane is still in place - I would like to visit sometime if so."
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 44 (upper left)
FindAGrave - Ross W Barnes (grave photo)
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May 3, 2016