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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Richard V. McGaughey, O-674899 (survived)
Gunner SSgt Oscar B. Macias, 39277532 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed June 10, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-86621. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 674th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 10, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Richard V. McGaughey on a low level strike mission against Wewak. Over the target, this A-20 was hit by anti-aircraft fire in one engine and ditched near Muschu Island. Gunner Macias was killed in the crash and went down with the aircraft and remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Pilot McGaughey survived the ditching and was rescued.
Macias was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA in the alcove left of main entrance to mausoleum.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-20-DO Havoc 42-86621
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Oscar B. Macias
FindAGrave - SSGT Oscar B Macias (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Oscar Benzor Macias (memorial marker photo)
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