|Pilot 1st John
W. Hoover, O-662936 (KIA, BR) OH
Gunner Sgt Warren E. Pelissier, 31028866 (KIA, BR) MA
Crew Chief S/Sgt Louis F. Lawson, 15085026 (KIA, BR) OH
Crashed March 26, 1944 at 10:30am
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Assigned to pilot Hoover with crew chief Lawson. When lost engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 42-154946 and 43-103389. Weapon serial numbers not noted in the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).
On March 26, 1944 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on a ferry flight bound for Guasp Airfield. After take off, this aircraft encountered a thunderstorm that caused it to stalland crash into Sentinel Hill, roughly ten miles north of Port Moresby.
Until the early 1980s, the tail section and wing of this aircraft remained in situ. Scrapped by local people sometime afterwards.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Two of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery) Hoover at section C grave 1510. Lawson at
section Q grave 396. Pelissier is buried at Central Cemetery in Randolph, MA.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15538
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9625
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 347, 361
FindAGrave - Lieut John W Hoover (grave photo, date of death incorrectly listed as March 25, 1944)
FindAGrave - Warren Emerson Pelissier
Sgt Louis Edward Lawson (grave photo)
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February 14, 2020