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  1. N4521U

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    #1 N4521U, Aug 1, 2013
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    User Name: N4521U
    Name: Bill
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    Entry: A-20 Havoc, Lt C. Davidson pilot.
    Kit: 1/72 MPM A-20 Havoc

    Accessories; Eduard interior, and scratch building. Nose art is created with Corel and will be printed by others.

    Another Davidson flown aircraft. He was present for the unvaling of the finished restoration, and was presented with the original yoke from the cockpit.

    Assigned to pilot Lt. Charles Davidson who nicknamed it "Hell'N Pelican II", after his previous aircraft P-40N "The Hell'N Pelican". Crew Chief "Fudgie" Figuerido choose Tail Code "F" (for the first letter of his surname). A white heart was added to the rear fuselage, the marking of the 388th Bombardment Squadron.

    Mission History .............. Took off from Gusap Airfield on a low level mission against Hollandia. On the return flight, the formation ran into bad weather and "Hell'N Pelican" ran low on fuel to the west of Madang. Davidson offered McKenna the chance to bail out, but he responded "Lieutenant what are you going to do?" Davidson said "I'm going in with the ship." and McKenna said in reply "Let's go." This was one of 37 aircraft lost on "Black Sunday" when the 5th Air Force suffered its greatest
    operational loss of the war.

    Wreckage ............... The wreckage remained in situ and was visible from the air during 1944 and used as a navigation
    reference by pilots of the squadron.

    Salvage .............. With Claringbould's assistance, the RAAF planned a training exercise "Operation Venture One" to salvage an A-20 wreck as a training exercise, using a CH-47 Chinook from 12 Squadron on September 11, 1984. Loaded aboard the HMAS Tarakan, the aircraft was transported to Brisbane arriving in November 1984. Afterwards, transported to Amberley Airfield for storage and restoration.

    Restoration ........... Restored by the RAAF at at Amberley Restoration Facility by a team led by Denis Doggett during 1984-1996, using parts salvaged from other New Guinea A-20s. The aircraft was meticulously
    restored to static condition. The aircraft is in storage pending the completion of display facilities for the PNG Museum in Port Moresby.
     

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    nice one Bill
     
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    Excellent Bill. I'll have to get to the next museum open day to get some photos for you, I last saw it at Amberley in the late 90's when I was in the Air Force Cadets. BTW I share the same surname as Davidsons' gunner. :cool:
     
  4. N4521U

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    So are you known as Mackers?
     
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    I've got a few books on the A-20 at home. If you need any detail photos, i'll check when I get out of camp on Tuesday.

    Geo
     
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    Geo, I don't want you to spend the rest of your days lookin up stuff for me....... just sayin.
     
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    My friend, if I can find an obscure pic to help anyone on this forum to help with their build, it makes my day. If I can make them smile or laugh, even better.

    Geo
     
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    Should be a good one Bill!
     
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    Nice choice Bill.
     
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    Ah, another Davidson!
    Can't wait for this one!
     
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    Works for me! Nice one Bill, looking forward to it.
     
  12. N4521U

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    Well Andy and Geo, if you can find some photos of the bomb bay it would be "lovely"!
    I can't seem to find any of the rear portion of the bay or the doors.

    Bill
     
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    Got nuthin' on this one Bill, sorry.
     
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    Look forward to this one. Always thought the A-20 never got its deserves.
     
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    Nice one Bill, something else for you to get your teeth into.
     
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    @ good ones Micdrow....... Have the nose art shot and is what I have created my artwork from for decal printing. I will post it as soon as I save it as a jpeg.
    Haven't seen the bomb bay shot and That helps heaps.

    Tanks!
     
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    Should do it justice Bill!
     
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