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

Pilot  2nd Lt Douglas B. Tubb, O-421633 (MIA / KIA) MS
Gunner  Sgt Donald S. Mackay, Jr. (MIA / KIA) 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, 91st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On February 20, 1942 one of seven A-24s that took off on a dive bombing mission against the Japanese landing force off Bali Island. This A-24 was likely hit by anti-aircraft fire and failed to pull out of its dive and crashed into the sea.

Memorials
Both of the crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are 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 Serial Number Search Results - 41-15796
"15796 (91st BS) crashed into sea Feb 19, 1942 while attacking enemy fleet. Crew KIA"
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
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 14, 2020

 

Tech Info
A-24

MIA
MIA
2 Missing
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