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  A-20G-45-DO "King High Flush" Serial Number 43-21935 Tail ?
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
387th BS

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387th BS c1945

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 21582. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-45-DO Havoc serial number 43-21935. Disassembled and shipped to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
On October 25, 1944 assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 312th Bombardment Group (312th BG), 387th Bombardment Squadron (387th BS). The nose art depicted the poker hand "King High Flush" with each card in the diamond suit, the motif of the 387th Bombardment Squadron. No nickname was painted on the aircraft but it was referred to as "King High Flush". Assigned to pilot Nave with crew chief Flowers.

Wartime History
On June 3, 1945 while parked at Floridablanca Airfield squadron armorers began loading parafrag bombs into the bomb bay. Inside, they discovered a live bomb with the safety pin and arming wire removed indicating the bomb was armed.

This armed bomb was carefully removed and placed atop a nearby bomb rack to be disarmed later. Moments later, the bomb rolled off the rack and detonated when it hit the ground. The explosion that resulted destroyed the aircraft and killed three armorers: TSgt Robert B. Alpin, SSgt Clarence E. Humphrey and severely injured Cpl Tom G. Allison who died three days later. Five were injured: TSgt Raymond L. Weller, Cpl Walter E. Butt, Cpl Robert L. Risley, Pfc Samuel P. Collins and Pvt Romulus T. Weatherman.

Memorials
Those killed were buried at the Manila Armed Forces Cemetery. Postwar, their remains were transported to the United States for final burial.

Alpin has an unknown burial likely in his hometown in the United States.

Humphrey is buried in Elizabethtown City Cemetery in Elizabethtown, KY.

Allison is buried in Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago, IL.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Clarence E. Humphrey
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Tom G. Allison
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-45-DO Havoc 43-21935
Rampage of the Roarin' 20s page 311-312, 359, 376 (photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Clarence Fischer Humphrey (photo, grave photos)
FindAGrave - CPL Tom G Allison (grave photo)

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June 1, 2020

 

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