CRASH OF AN A-20A HAVOC
BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND NEW GUINEA
ON 16 NOVEMBER 1942
On the morning of 16th November 1942, A-20A Havoc, #40-155, "Abijah Gooch", of the 89th Bomb Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group, USAAF was lost on a flight from Cairns to Kil Kila, near Port Moresby in New Guinea. The pilot of the aircraft was 1st Lieutenant Francis C. Pruitt.
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Francis C. Pruitt
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
89th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group, Large
Entered the Service from: Louisiana
Died: November 16, 1942
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery Manila, Philippines
Crew members of A-20A Havoc, #40-155, "Abijah Gooch" were as follows:-
1st Lt Francis C. Pruitt (0-442230) Pilot
S/Sgt Roger S. Martin (11014927)
S/Sgt Roland C. Noyes, Jr (18010733)
2nd Lt. Cornelius F. O'Leary (0-649101)
The Guild diary shows that this aircraft was assigned to the 3rd Bomb Group on 12 July 1942.
I'd like to thank Gordon Birkett for his assistance with this home page in sending me the Guild diary which was provided to him by my mate Bill Swain.
I'd like to thank Timothy O'Leary for his assistance with this web page. Cornelius O'Leary was his grandmother's brother. She recently (2018) passed away at the age of 94. The family has never really known what happened to him. Timothy told me that they have a family gravestone with his name on it as well as his siblings.
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
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