|Pilot 1st Lt Albert F. Burke, O-740049 (MIA / KIA) Oakes, ND
Gunner SSgt Adolphus T. Clements, 13034944 (MIA / KIA) Saxe, VA
Crashed June 19, 1944
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Good Time Charlie". On April 5, 1944 this A-20 piloted by Burke flew a mission against Hollandia.
On June 19, 1944 took off from Hollandia Airfield on a mission against Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island. Over the target, this A-20 was hit on the right side by anti-aircraft fire but managed to climb to 1,000' and one of the crew parachuted out and landed in the sea a half mile off shore from Kamiri.
When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was A-20G Havoc 43-21414 (one rescued, one missing).
Both crew were officially declared dead on April 26, 1946, Burke was officially declared dead on April 26, 1946. Clements was officially declared dead on February 26, 1946. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Clements also has a memorial marker at Mount Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery in Charlotte County, VA.
Missing Air Crew Report 6028 (MACR 6028) relates to this aircraft, but has extra pages that are related to other aircraft or were incorrectly included in this report. Page 2 relates to search efforts to locate B-24J 44-41258. Page 3 has a map indicating last sighted position of an unknown aircraft over Asia Island and Ajoe Island, possibly the B-24J 44-41258. Pages 16-17, 20, 23 related to SSgt James E. Foxworth gunner aboard A-20G 43-21414. The rest of the MACR 6028 relates to A-20G Havoc 42-86727.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert F. Burke
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Adolphus T. Clements
FindAGrave - Albert F. Burke (grave photo) date of death listed as June 1, 1944 [sic July 19, 1944]
FindAGrave - SSgt Adolphus T Clements (photo, tablets of the missing)
Sgt Adolphus Thomas Clements (photo, memorial marker photo)
3rd Bomb Group - Missing 3rd Group Aircraft
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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February 14, 2020