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8th Service Group
360th Service Squadron
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Peter A. Andreotti, O-759548 (MIA / KIA) IL
Engineer Cpl James J. Carmody, 33737513 (MIA / KIA) DC
Gunner Cpl Raymond H. Hatlestad, 17144398 (MIA / KIA) Fillmore County, MN
Crashed October 1, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20G-15-DO Havoc serial number 42-54155. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron FEAF - CRTC (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield No. 4 (APO 713, Unit 1). Nicknamed "Crap Shooter" no known nose art or markings. When lost, engines R2600-23 serial numbers 42-154930 and 42-82856. Armed with .50 caliber machine guns makers and serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 10019 (MACR 10019).
On October 1, 1944 at 10:06am took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Peter A. Andreotti with A-20G 42-86717 on a local transition training flight bound for Lae. The weather at take off was broken high clouds with scattered low clouds 3/10 at 3,000' with ceiling unlimited and visibility of 12 miles and surface wind of 3 mph. After take off, both aircraft were never seen again. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
After being reported missing, a search for both missing A-20s was directed by 1st Lt. Edward A. McFadden. That same day, the first search mission was flown by 1st Lt. R. F. Hedlin who took off at 3:30pm from Nadzab Airfield flying to Finschafen with nil sightings before returning by 4:25pm. The weather during the search was ceiling of 3,000' and visibility unlimited.
On October 2, 1944 two aircraft searched the both missing planes between 7:32am until 11:06am. Weather during his search was ceiling and visibility unlimited (CAVU). The first aircraft was piloted by 1st Lt. E. L. Spence took off from Nadzab Airfield flew up the Markham Valley past Gusap and Dumpu as far Bundi then returned with nil sightings. The second aircraft was piloted by 1st Lt. R. F. Hedlin took off from Nadzab Airfield up the Markham Valley past Dumpu and along the eastern slopes of the Finisterre Range and across to Madang Airfield where he landed, then returned along the same route with nil sightings.
In fact, both A-20s crashed into a steep slope in the Saruwaged Range (Sarawaket, Sarawaget) at roughly Lat 6.30 Long 146.49 to the north of Nadzab. Aboard, the entire crew was killed in the crash. Nearby was the crash site of A-20G 42-86717.
During the 1970s, one of the .50 caliber machine guns was recovered from the wreckage by Charles Darby and exported to New Zealand. Afterwards, used in the restoration of P-40N Kittyhawk A29-448 as one of the six machine guns.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, the crash site was located by U. S. Army personnel and remains of the three crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
The entire crew was officially declared the day of the mission.
Andreotti was buried at Maplewood Memorial Cemetery in Crown Point, IN.
Carmody was buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot D row 8 grave 242.
Hatlestad was buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot D row 10 grave 168.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond H. Hatlestad
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-15-DO Havoc 42-54155
"54155 (8th Service Group) crashed into steep slope while on local transition training flight bound for Lae in Saruwaged Mountains, N of Nadnap airfield, PNG Oct 1, 1944. MACR 10019. All 3 crew killed"
Missing Air Crew Report 10019 (MACR 10019) created October 2, 1944
FindAGrave - Peter Anthony Andreotti (photo, grave photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James J. Carmody
FindAGrave - Corp James J Carmody (grave photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond H. Hatlestad
FindAGrave - CPL Raymond H Hatlestad (grave photo)
Thanks to Charles Darby for additional information
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