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  A-20A "Cindy" Serial Number 40-176  
5th AF
3rd BG
89th BS

Pilot  1st Lt Edward Ray Richardson (survived)
Gunner  S/Sgt D. L. Powell
Ditched  March 5, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20A Havoc serial number 40-176. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Cindy".

Mission History
On March 5, 1943 took off from 3-Mile Drome near Port Moresby pilot 1st Lt Edward Ray Richardson with gunner S/Sgt D. L. Powell on a strike mission. Returning, the left engine failed, forcing the aircraft to ditch into Bootless Bay near the shoreline. Both crew were unhurt and returned to duty. This A-20 was officially written off

Later, the aircraft was raised to the surface by U. S. Army engineers. By March 19, 1943 this A-20 was completely disassembled and transported to 3-Mile Drome.
Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20A 40-176
"173 lost in combat Apr 26, 1943"
Diary from a 3rd Bomb Group, 89th Bomb Squadron private March 19, 1943 mentions the salvage
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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