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  P-70A-2 Havoc Serial Number 42-54161  
5th AF
8th Service Group
360th Service Squadron
CRTC School

Pilot  Captain Don L. Sutliff, O-433478 (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew Chief  Cpl Arthur R Aubey 18171425 (MIA / KIA) LA
Passenger  Cpl Charles Poladian, 36565423 (MIA / KIA) MI

Crashed  October 22, 1944 at 3:15pm
MACR  9968

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas as an A-20G-15-DO Havoc, then converted to P-70A-2. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron part of the FEAF - CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-23 serial numbers 42-154475 and 42-154389.

Mission History
On October 22, 1944 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. This aircraft was last sighted by a P-47D Thunderbolt at 3:15 while returning to Port Moresby due to electrical troubles sited this P-70 Havoc on a heading of 100°  at 14,000' and appeared to be in no trouble. When this aircraft failed to return it was reported as Missing In Action (MIA) in the Mount Albert Edward area.

The entire crew were declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Brian Bennett working with JPAC visited possibly visited this site circa 2004 adds:
"While exploring the Mt. Albert Edward area looking for C-47 "Windy City", we found a previously unknown A-20 [this aircraft] up there, it was crashed into a ball of wreckage. We took a few photos, but as far as I am aware, no investigation proceeded with this site."

Delmar W. Meade (cousin of Don L. Sutliff)
"My cousin, Capt. Donald L. Sutliff was the pilot of this aircraft."

Missing Air Crew Report 9968 (MACR 9968)
Captain Don L. Sutliff was a member of Headquarters, 5th Fighter Command. Aubey was a member of the 301st Airdrome Squadron. Poladian was 8th Air Service Group, 370th Squadron.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-70 Havoc 42-54161 piloted by Sutliff
Thanks to Brian Bennett for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


Tech InfoP-70

MIA Case
October 22, 1944

MIA Case
3 Missing

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