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8th Service Group
360th Service Squadron
FEAF - CRTC
M Claringbould 1976
|Pilot 2nd Lt. George A. Campagna, O-758152 (KIA, BR) Coos County, NR
Engineer Cpl Edward J. Domohowski, 11093240 (KIA, BR) Jamaica Plain, MA
Gunner Cpl Ross W. Barnes (KIA, BR) MA
Crashed October 1, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-20-DO Havoc serial number 42-86717. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter V. No known nickname or nose art. This A-20 flew combat missions over New Guinea.
Afterwards, assigned to the 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). No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft a red stripe with a thin white stripe below on the tip of the tail. On the side of the nose was "CRTC School" in white block letters. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine serial numbers unknown. Armed with .50 caliber machine guns makers and serial numbers unknown.
On October 1, 1944 at 10:06am took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. George A. Campagna on a local training flight with A-20G "Crap Shooter" 42-54155 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.
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