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Lt. Eliot R. Young (rescued)
Gunner SSgt Jim Wannich (rescued)
Force Landed January 19, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-86620. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Townsville and reassembled.
On January 14, 1944 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron. No nose art or nickname or tail letter.
During the flight, the pair encountered overcast and rain. Afraid they overshot Horn Island, the pair turned around and searched for the island, flying west instead of northeast. Young expressed doubt about their course, but Huber continued to fly westward until their planes began to run low on fuel.
Spotting an beach in Morington Island in the Wellesley Islands this A-20 successfully belly landed on the beach with the landing gear retracted. The crew survived unhurt. Nearby, A-20G 42-86724 landed with the landing gear extended.
Fates of the Crew
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