9 JUNE 1944
CRASH OF AN A-20G HAVOC

BETWEEN CAIRNS & PORT MORESBY
POSSIBLY IN THE CORAL SEA

 

A-20G Havoc, #43-21413, "Father's Fantasy", of the 388th Squadron of the 312th Bomb Group, USAAF was never heard from again after leaving Cairns for Port Moresby on 9 June 1944. Believed to be lost somewhere between Cairns and the Coral Sea.

 

NOTE:-  Peter Nielsen's book "Diary of WWII - North Queensland" indicates that the Havoc was #43-21419 rather than #43-21413.

 

 

Subject:     Crash of A-20G Havoc 9 June 1944
Date:              Mon, 30 Aug 1999 17:32:49 -0700
From:            Robert Hornbeck <rfhornbeck@home.com>

In "The Forgotten Fifth", Michael Claringbould lists the A-20G-40 with serial number 43-21413 and the the name "Father's Fantasy" as belonging to the 388th Squadron of the 312th BG. In Russ Sturzebecker's book "The Roarin' 20's" (a history of the 312th Bomb Group), the only A-20 lost on the date in question was one being ferried from Cairns, Australia to Milne Bay by 1st Lt. Bill O'Connor and crew chief T/Sgt. Jack Gibson of the 389th Squadron. Since it was a replacement aircraft, it wasn't necessarily ferried by members of the same squadron to which it was assigned. Unfortunately, Sturzebecker does not give the tail number or the name of the plane they flew. He only gives the terse comment "Overdue and having no communication from them, the plane was never located."

I'm afraid this doesn't clear up the uncertainties about the identity of the plane, but that is the only information I have. Bob Hornbeck

Robert

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

 

Rampage of the Roarin' 20's
The Illustrated History of the 312th Bombardment Group during World War II

Lawrence J. Hickey
Michael H. Levy
with Michael J. Claringbould

 

SOURCE:-   Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia

Crash:         No. 1

Position:     16.53 - 145.45

Department of Aviation Chart No:       3219

 

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