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  A-24 Dive Bomber Serial Number 41-15796  
USAAF
FEAF
27th BG
91st BS


Doan Prewar
Pilot  2nd Lt Douglas B. Tubb, O-421633 (MIA / KIA) MS
Gunner  Sgt Donald S. Mackay, Jr., 19000309 (MIA / KIA) Alameda County, CA
MIA  February 20, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Dive Bomber 41-15796. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Far East Air Force (FEAF), 27th Bombardment Group (27th BG), 91st Bombardment Squadron (91st BS). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On February 20, 1942 took off from Singosari Airfield (Malang) on Java piloted by 2nd Lt Douglas B. Tubb with gunner Sgt Donald S. Mackay, Jr. as one of seven A-24 Dive Bombers on a dive bombing mission against the Japanese landing force off Bali. Over the target, this A-24 likely hit by anti-aircraft fire and failed to pull out of its dive and crashed into the sea. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission.

Tubb earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Mackay earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

SBD-4 Dauntless 10575 displayed at the USAF Museum is painted in the markings of this aircraft with tail serial number 115796 [41-15796].

References
USAF World War II Army Enlistment Records - Douglas B. Tubb

USAF World War II Army Enlistment Records - Donald S. Mackay
USAF Serial Number Search Results - 41-15796
"15796 (91st BS) crashed into sea Feb 19, 1942 while attacking enemy fleet. Crew KIA"
Clarion-Ledger "Douglas Tubb Killed In Action While Fighting The Japanese" March 13, 1942 page 13
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Douglas B. Tubb
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald S. Mackay Jr.
FindAGrave - 2Lt Douglas Bibby Tubb (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Donald S MacKay, Jr (tablets of the missing)
They Fought with What They Had by Walter Edmonds mentions this loss
Operation Plumb (2008) by Adrian R. Martin pages 93, 135-136, 362 (index), 297 (Appendix I)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 20, 2021

 

Tech Info
A-24

MIA
MIA
2 Missing
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