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  A-20A "Josephine" Serial Number 40-082 Nose Number 12
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Former Assignments
NEIAF
No. 18 Squadron


3rd BG c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas Aircraft Company at El Esgundo. At a cost of $94.080.00 using funds F-1, a. c. order number W-535 ac-12967. On February 19, 1941 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) as RA-20A Havoc serial number 40-82. On June 20, 1941 becomes part of the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20A Havoc serial number 40-082. Afterwards, flown cross country on August 9, 1941 at Douglas Field in Douglas, AZ. On September 13, 1941 arrives Savannah, Georgia. On December 25, 1941 on temporary loan to Augusta, GA.

On January 24, 1942 at McClellan Airfield Sacramento Army Air Depot (SAAD). On February 23, 1942 at Mines Field (LAX). On March 15, 1942 at San Francisco disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard a ship. On March 17, 1942 departs San Francisco across the Pacific to Australia code named "Sumac" and reassembled.

Wartime History
On June 12, 1942 one of four A-20A's that arrived at Fairbairn Airfield near Canberra. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as A-20A Havoc serial number 15. Assigned to No. 18 Squadron. Two days later, withdrawn from the NEIAF in favor of the B-25C Mitchells.

Instead, assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force (5th AF), 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 89th Bombardment Squadron (89th BS) and flown via Brisbane to Charters Towers. Nicknamed "Josephine" in white block letters with a small 13 in black below the nickname with nose number 12 in white.

Mission History
On October 29, 1942 while taxing at Charters Towers Airfield the crew chief accidentally ran into a ditch near the operations office causing the left landing gear to collapse and written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared. On October 31, 1944 administratively listed as condemned inventory.

References
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - RA-20A Havoc 40-82 / A-20A Havoc 40-082
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20A Havoc 40-082
"082 condemned Oct 31, 1944"
Flightpath Magazine "The Canberra Bostons" by Michael Claringbould volume 15, number 2
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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March 16, 2021

 

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