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

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USAAF 1944
Pilot  Captain Don L. Sutliff, O-433478 5th Fighter Command, Headquarters (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew Chief  Cpl Arthur R. Aubey, 18171425 301st Airdrome Squadron (MIA / KIA) Vermilion Parish, LA
Passenger  Cpl Charles Poladian, 36565423 8th SrG, 370th Service Squadron (MIA / KIA) MI
Crashed  October 22, 1944 at 3:15pm
MACR  9968

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-15-DO Havoc serial number 42-54161. Converted to P-70A-2. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group, 360th Service Squadron FEAF - CRTC (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 from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Captain Don L. Sutliff on a flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. At 3:15pm last seen by a P-47D Thunderbolt returning from a mission due to electrical trouble on a heading of 100°  at an altitude of 14,000' and appeared to be in no trouble. When this aircraft failed to return it was reported as Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew were declared dead the day of the mission. None of the crew earned the Purple Heart, posthumously because the flight was deemed to be in a non-combat area. All three are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Sutliff earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Air Medal.

This aircraft likely in the Mount Albert Edward area of the Owen Stanley Range.

Brian Bennett working with JPAC possibly visited this site circa 2004:
"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."

USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-15-DO Havoc 42-54161

"54161 converted to P-70A-2. (360th Service Squadron, 8th Service Group, CRTC School, 5th AF) crashed from unknown cause at Mount Albert Edward area, Kosipe, Papua New Guinea Oct 22, 1944 while on flight from Jackson Airfield to Nadzab airfield, Morobe, Papua New Guinea. All 3 crew killed. MACR 9968"
Missing Air Crew Report 9968 (MACR 9968)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-70 Havoc 42-54161 piloted by Sutliff
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Don L. Sutliff
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur R. Aubey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles Poladian
FindAGrave - Capt Don L Sutliff (tablets of missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Arthur Reed Aubey (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Charles Poladian (tablets of the missing)
Thanks to Brian Bennett for additional information

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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