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Mack Austin c1944
|Pilot Captain Jack W. Klein (rescued) Campbell County, KY
Gunner Sgt Antoni Szymanski, 20156359 (MIA / KIA) Providence, RI
Ditched August 11, 1944
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) on February 19, 1944 as A-20G-25-DO Havoc serial number 43-9106. Project Number 96344. Shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group. On March 20, 1944, transferred to the 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Short Stuff" with crew chief Haggart.
On July 4, 1944 while parked at Nadzab Airfield damaged during an accidental flight line explosion but repaired afterwards.
Klein led the squadron's second flight, an attack against barges off Utarom Airfield. Over the target, the left elevator of this A-20 was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Aboard, neither crew member was injured.
Damaged, this A-20 managed to climb to 5,000' and fly for 30 minutes westward to Geelvink Bay. While flying back, escorted by A-20 piloted by Pool. Spotting a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina circling Roon Island, Klein successfully ditched into Geelvink Bay
Fates of the Crew
Unable to inflate his life raft, Klein treaded water for 30 minutes, until he was spotted by A-20 piloted by Pool that guided the PBY Catalina to the site and rescued him. They continued to search for Szymanski without result then departed for Noemfoor Island. Later Klein was flown by C-47 back to Hollandia.
Later, Klein wrote in his escape and evasion report:
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