|Pilot Captain Glen O. Richardson, O-450156 (MIA / KIA) IL
Gunner SSgt. Joseph P. Casillas, 38013201 (MIA / KIA) NM
Photographer SSgt Herbert W. Divers, 18040027 (MIA / KIA) TX
Ditched March 26, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-25-DO Havoc serial number 43-9118. Shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the
5th Air Force (5th AF), 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 90th Bombardment Squadron (90th BS). No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 43-103464 and 43-107089.
On March 26, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by Captain Glen O. Richardson on a low level strike mission against But and Aitape on the north coast of New Guinea.
While attacking Japanese barges off Yakamul, this A-20 was caught in the water spout from the bomb blast of the preceding aircraft and ditched roughly 300 yards off shore from Yakamul. The A-20 floated for approximately one minute before sinking. Afterwards, circling A-20s only saw one survivor in the water. When this A-20 failed to return, the crew as officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
One of the crew survived the crash and was seen in the sea. Reportedly, at least one of the crew captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) and was transported to Aitape and executed.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 26, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Divers also has a memorial marker at Kilgore City Cemetery in Kilgore, TX.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-25-DO Havoc 43-9118
Missing Air Crew Report 3719 (MACR 3719)
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File does not list any of the crew as official prisoners of the Japanese
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glen O. Richardson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph P. Casillas
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herbert W. Divers
FindAGrave - Capt Glen O Richardson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Joseph P Casillas (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Herbert W Divers (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Herbert W Divers (memorial marker photo)
NAA Boston - Missing U.S Aircraft A9845 / 280 / 6950619
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9118
RootsWeb - The Men & Women In WW II From Gregg County - SSgt Herbert W. Divers (photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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December 22, 2020