|Pilot 1st Lt Edward Ray Richardson (survived)
Gunner S/Sgt D. L. Powell (survived)
Ditched March 5, 1943
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.
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Cindy".
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 -
"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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February 14, 2020