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  A-20G-30-DO Havoc Serial Number 43-9629 Tail E
5th AF
417th BG
675th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Edward Davidson (survived)
Gunner  ? (survived)

Force Landed  April 16, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-30-DO Havoc serial number 43-9629. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 675th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter E. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Edward Davidson on a low level strike against Hollandia. Returning, encountered a severe weather front. While attempting to land at Yami Airfield near Saidor. During the landing, the left main gear collapsed after landing in mud. The crew suffered minor injuries and afterwards the aircraft was written off. Afterwards, the mission was dubbed "Black Sunday" for the number of aircraft lost.

Fate of the Crew
Both crew survived unhurt. Afterwards, they plus other aviators that force landed at Yamai Airfield embarked ob a U. S. Navy (USN) barge and were transported to Saidor arriving at 9:00pm and later returned to their unit.

During 1985, this aircraft was salvaged by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Afterwards, transported to Australia and placed into storage at RAAF Museum at Point Cook until circa 2000.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-30-DO Havoc 43-9629
"9629 (675th BS) main gear collapsed during landing at Yamai Apr 16, 1944 during infamous Black Sunday mission to Hollanida. This aircraft must have been recovered by the RAAF, as its remains were noted in storage at RAAF Amberley, Australia November 2002, for disposal by RAAF Museum now that their two A-20 restorations are complete"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20G Havoc 43-9629
Black Sunday (2000) by Michael Claringbould page 75 (photo), 97

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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