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Australiaís association with the Boston was initiated by events in the Dutch East Indies. The Dutch Navy had ordered 80 DB-7 Bostonís from the US in a frantic attempt to modernise the MLD before the war with Japan. Of this order 32 were DB-7Bís diverted from a British order and 48 were DB-7Cís build to a Dutch spec with interchangeable solid 4 x 20mm cannon noses and bomb aimer noses with automatic deploying life rafts and equipped to carry torpedoes. These 48 DB-7Cís were not completed before the fall of the Dutch East Indies and were completed to DB-7B specs and delivered to the USSR. Of the 32 DB-7Bís dispatched from the US only six were to make it to Java before the Dutch capitulation and only one was made flyable. The Japanese subsequently captured these six and got 2 and possibly 3 of them flying, two with the JAAF test unit and one with the IJNAF test unit. This last aircraft (AL904) was recovered at Atsugi naval air base in Japan after the war. Of the remaining 26 , four still on freighters in the Pacific when the Dutch East Indies fell returned to the US and these aircraft were taken on as training aircraft with the USAAF. The remaining 22 on five refuge ships landed in Australia after the fall and these 22 DB-7B Boston IIIís were to become the nucleolus of 22 Sqn and the first of 69 Bostonís to be operated by the RAAF. These unwanted and un expected aircraft were to be the RAAFís premium strike/ attack aircraft for almost two years until large numbers of Beaufighters became available.

The 22 DB-7Bís landed in Australia in March 1942 were assembled at 1AD Laverton and 2 AD Richmond and issued to 22 Sqn from April 1942 onwards. For a short time 10 were issued to 18 Sqn RAAF (NEI) but the Dutch no longer wanted the Bostonís as there range was too short and opted for B-25ís instead. These 10 returned to 22 Sqn. The Sqn carried out anti sub patrols along the NSW coast as they prepared for deployment to PNG in Nov 1942. Operations were delayed as the aircraft were put thru a modification program to convert them to strafers with 4 x .50 machine guns added to the existing 4 x .303 machine guns in the nose to turn them into formidable attack aircraft.  Four aircraft were lost before operations started and two were lost very early into ops as 20Ib antiĖpersonnel bombs blew up under the aircraft destroying them and killing there crews , while one other was lost to this cause during training  for operations. The Sqn was to operate at a hectic rate right through 1943, including participating in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and multiple raids on Lae and Salamaua, culminating in the Award of the V.C. to Flt Lt W.E (Bill) Newton for two destructive raids on Salamaua on 16 Mar 1943 in A28-7 (H) and the mission he was shot down on 18 Mar 1943 in A28-3 (C). By October 1943 the Sqn was in a desperate situation with aircraft and down to six operational Bostonís, this was rectified by a transfer of A-20Aís from the 89th BS 3rd BG and used A-20Cís from the US.

The Boston was not ordered or wanted by RAAF. A command a memo in May 1942 stated the Boston was only an interim aircraft until Vultee Vengeance ordered by the RAAF arrived and as Bostonís were lost they were to be replaced by Wirrawayís. Another memo issued by RAAF HQ in December 1942 to the Sqn stated that 22 Boston torpedo kits had been found and were ready at 2AD. The Sqn quietly forgot about this and continued in the strike/attack role they proved so efficient at.

     
RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial RAF Serial C/N Sqn. Code Mission Tally Aircraft History
A28-1 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL890 Douglas 3822 DU-A Nil Received from the USA.
Delivered 29/03/42 to 1AD.
Awaiting erection 30/03/42.
To 1AD 14/04/42.
To 22 Sqn 27/04/42.
To 1AD 02/08/42.
To 22 Sqn 10/08/42.
To 5AD 12/10/42 for engine changes.
To 3AD 19/10/42.
To 22 Sqn 20/11/42.
Crashed while taking off on a night operation 30/11/42. The crew escaped uninjured.
To 3AD 03/12/42 for repairs.
To 15 RSU 06/12/42.
To 3AD 12/03/43.
To 22 Sqn 22/04/44.
Accident 23/04/44.
To 13ARD 09/06/44.
To 22 Sqn 17/06/44.
Crashed 04/07/44 Kiriwina.
To 10 RSU 06/07/44.
Converted to components.
A28-2 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL347 Boeing 2728 Nil Nil Received from the USA.
Delivered 29/03/42 to 1AD.
Awaiting erection 30/03/42.
Erected at Geelong.
To 22 Sqn 27/04/42.
17/05/42, Anti Sub Patrol 2hrs.
Crew; Flt Lt Bell and WO/AG Flt Sgt Clifford Grove.
Crashed while taking off from Richmond NSW 19/5/42.
Pilot was P/O R Fethers who was uninjured as was his crew.
To 2AD 27/05/42.
Converted to components 10/42.
A28-3 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL887 Douglas 3819 *C 18 Received from the USA.
Delivered 29/03/42 to 1AD.
Awaiting erection 30/03/42. Erected at Geelong.
To 22 Sqn 27/04/42.
To 1AD 16/06/42 for fitting of long range tanks.
To 22 Sqn 14/07/42.
To 3AD 10/11/42.
Departed Wards Strip (Port Moresby) 10/11/42 and flew to Laverton VIC arriving 28/11/42.
Departed Laverton 02/12/42 and arrived Wards Strip 07/12/42.
To 22 Sqn 07/12/42. Shot Down 18/03/43 at Salamaua. Coded DU-Y.
After an attack the burning aircraft was ditched in the sea abotu 1000yards out from shore. Sgt Basil Gilbert Eastwood 13056 being killed. F/Lt William Ellis Newton 748 was executed by the Japanese on 29/03/43, the only WW2 RAAF Pacific VC awardee, see A28-7.
F/Sgt John Lyon 401706 was executed by the Japanese at Salamaua.
A28-4 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL893 Douglas 3825 *E 6 Received from the USA.
Delivered 29/03/42 to 1AD.
Awaiting erection 30/03/42.
Erected at Geelong.
To 22 Sqn 27/04/42.
Anti Sub Patrols, 13/08/42 3hrs 55mins, two from Coffs Harbour 14/08/42 (3hrs 20mins and 3hrs 15mins) and 27/08/42 4hrs and 30mins.
Crew; P/O Wines and Flt Sgt Clifford Grove.
To Wards Strip (Port Moresby) arriving 22/10/42.
To 3AD 10/11/42. Departed Wards Strip 10/11/42 and flew to Laverton VIC arriving 28/11/42.
I assume it flew back with A28-3 02/12/42-07/12/42 to Wards Strip.
To 22 Sqn 07/12/42. Bombing and Straffing Kumsi River 14/12/42.
Crew; F/O Wines and Flt Sgt Clifford Grove.
Bombing and Straffing Amboga River 22/12/42.
Crew; F/O Wines and Flt Sgt Clifford Grove.
Bomb Test Flight 27/12/42, could be related to crashes mentioned below.
Damaged by enemy ack-ack while on a mission to attack Lae.
Crashed landed at Jackson Aerodrome Pt Moresby 07/01/43.
The pilot F/O Wines and crew were ok.
To 15 RSU.
To 3AD 14/01/43.
Converted to components.
Fuselage to 2AD for salvage 12/03/43.
A28-5 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL895 Douglas 3827 DU-F 76 Delivered 29/03/42.
 Ex MLD # D-70.
Accident 13/04/42 at Laverton when nose wheel tyre blew on landing.
Pilot: F/Lt Y W Morgan Serv#550 not injured.
Served with 22 Sqn, coded DU-F.
Armed recce mission 02/01/43 to Sanananda Point.
On a mission 22/1/44 with pilot F/Sgt Gifford and gunner F/Sgt Gronow the a/c was hit in the front machine gun magazine which was full of incendiary ammunition. It didn't explode and the a/c returned to base.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
Highlight for Album: Boston A28-5
A28-6 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL897 Douglas 3829 DU-G 80 Delivered 29/03/42.
In Service with 22 Sqn 16/05/42, coded DU-G.
Was badly damaged 25/1/44 during attacks on guns at Kabu River and crash landed at Kiriwina. Later repaired.
Pilot was F/O Sugden and gunner F/Sgt H Hughes was wounded in both arms. T
his a/c had "Japanese Ghost Producer" painted on the nose.
Eventually damaged at Morotai 22/11/44 and written off.
Highlight for Album: Boston A28-6
A28-7 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL899 Douglas 3831 DU-H 62 Delivered 29/03/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-H.
F/L Bill Newton received the VC in this a/c for pressing home an attack after his a/c was substantially damaged in one engine at Salamaua on 16/3/43. The a/c struggled to return to Pt Moresby 180 miles away.
The VC was awarded posthumously 20/10/43.
The a/c was repaired and returned to service until written off after a crash at Gurney strip, Milne Bay 6/44
Highlight for Album: Boston A28-7
A28-8 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL907 Douglas 3839 DU-J 56 Delivered 29/03/42.
In Service with 22 Sqn 16/05/42, coded DU-J.
Crash landed at Goodenough Is on the 12/9/43 after bombing Gasmata.
 Its pilot was F/O Harry Rowell.
It was stripped of useable equipment and left there until 1987 when it was salvaged and moved to Amberley.
This was one of two Bostons modified in the field to be fitted with twin 0.303in in the tail (see A28-9).
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn. 'J' for Jessica.
On display at RAAF Museum Point Cook VIC.
Highlight for Album: Boston A28-8
A28-9 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL891 Douglas 3823 DU-K 77 Delivered 04/42.
Rec Ex MLD #D-66.
Accident 12/04/42 when landing at Laverton 12/04/42.
Pilot; F/Lt W J Meehan Serv# 865 of 1AD not injured.
In Service with 22 Sqn 29/05/42, coded DU-K.
Bombing and straffing Membari River 14/12/42. Crew; F/O Wines and Flt Sgt Clifford Grove. T
his was one of two Bostons modified in the field to be fitted with twin 0.303in in the tail (see A28-8).
One photo I've seen had only a single 0.303in machine gun in tail, but a/c is unidentifiable.
This was normally F/L (later W/C) Charles Cuthbertson Learmonth DFC a/c and was titled 'She's Apples' with a dog motif.
It was originally known as 'Pegasus', then 'Kon Marine'.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
Boston A28-9
A28-10 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL358 Boeing 2739 DU-L 27 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-L.
On a mission 22/1/44 with pilot F/O Sudgen and gunner F/Sgt H Hughes this a/c was hit in both elevators and the bomb bay and returned to base.
Eventually damaged at Morotai 22/11/44 and written off.
A28-11 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL364 Boeing 2745 DU-M 43 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-M.
Converted into components in 2/45.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
A28-12 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL365 Boeing 2746 Nil Nil Delivered 04/42.
In Service with 22 Sqn. Sank Japanese submarine 6/6/42 off Botany Bay, Sydney. T
his was dismissed after the war after further investigation.
Blew up in mid-air 10/11/42 while practice bombing off Pt Moresby.
Probable cause is the light fragmentation bombs being flicked back onto the fuselage when they hit the slipstream (see A28-20).
Killed were F/L Vernon William Morgan, F/O John Harold Borland and Sgt Ronald Thomas Power.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
A28-13 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL367 Boeing 2748 *O 44 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Originally coded O, "Rocky's Girl" with painted lady under the cockpit.
Crashed 01/06/43, off the New Guinea coast near Hood Point.
Killed: Flight Sergeant Austin James Collins.
Boston A28-13
A28-14 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL892 Douglas 3824 *P 24 Delivered 04/42.
In Service with 22 Sqn 04/07/42.
Anti Sub Patrol 15/07/42, Crew; P/O Hunt and WO/AG Flt Sgt Clifford Grove 3 hrs 10 mins.
Lost in bad weather on the return flight from attacking Malahang 9/2/43.
The crew were F/O Lesland Arthur Kenway, F/Sgt Francis Colin Gordon and Sgt Horace William "Bill" Hall, all missing.
A28-15 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL361 Boeing 2742 DU-Q 56 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-Q.
Named "Spirit of Sport". Crash landed in the sea 35 miles south of Gasmata on 12/9/43 after an attack on Gasmata Is.
The crew F/L Harry Blinman Dawkins, F/Sgt Douglas George Semple and F/Sgt Gordon Ronald Thomas got into their dingy and that was the last time they were seen.
On the LHS under the cockpit the artwork was of a Japanese head with a boomerang hitting him and on the RHS there was a shield with 'Spirit of Sport' across the middle with each quarter of the shield having a lady, cards, a beer mug and smoking items (a pipe, a cigar and a filter tip and cigarette).
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
N/A

Highlight for Album: Boston A28-15

A28-16 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL362 Boeing 2743 DU-R 52 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-R.
On the 12/9/43 this a/c crewed by F/Sgt Eric George Turton Riley and F/Sgt Lindsay Kenneth Wilson bombed the Gasmata area and was seen leaving the target but never returned to the base.
This a/c was named "Indoor Sport" which was written below the front windscreen with some naked ladies and a beer bottle top around the wording. This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
N/A

Highlight for Album: Boston A28-16

A28-17 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL363 Boeing 2744 Nil Nil Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn.
An engine fire while being run up at Richmond on 18/5/42 damaged this a/c beyond repair.
A28-18 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL366 Boeing 2747 DU-Y 16 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Claimed to have damaged a submarine in 8/42 off Tuggerah, NSW. T
his claim was dismissed after the war after further investigation.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
Belly Landing 18/09/43 at Rockhampton QLD.
Boston A28-18
A28-19 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL368 Boeing 2749 Nil Nil Delivered 04/42.
In Service with 22 Sqn 05/07/42.
Two anti Sub Patrol's from Moruya NSW 11/08/42. 3hrs 50mins and 3hrs 40mins.
Crew; P/O Wines and Flt Sgt Clifford Grove.
Crashed near Woodford, Qld on the 9/10/42.
A28-20 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL369 Boeing 2750 *W 6 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn. Blew up while attacking Gona Mission 29/11/42.
Probable cause is the light fragmentation bombs being flicked back onto the fuselage when they hit the slipstream.
Following the loss of this a/c the fragmentation bombs were dispensed with and the losses due to this cause ceased.
Killed were F/L Herbert James Bullmore, Sgt John William McKay and Sgt Ian Cameron Stoddart.
A28-21 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL894 Douglas 3826 *X 24 Delivered 04/42.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Coded DU-X.
Shot down and crashed into the sea just south of Salamaua, 6/2/43.
Killed were P/O George Trevelyan Smith, Sgt Roderick Thomas Kerr and Sgt Lance Dawes.
One source has this a/c titled 'The Leprechaun'.
A28-22 DB-7B

Boston III

N/A AL898 Douglas 3830 *Y 1 Delivered 04/42.
Blew up while attacking Buna strip 26/11/42. Probable cause is the light fragmentation bombs being flicked back onto the fuselage when they hit the slipstream (see A28-20).
Killed were S/L Kenneth Roy McDonald, F/O Thomas Edward O'Neill and Sgt Charles Ronald Napier.
Aircraft was titled "Retribution" and under that it had a white eagle dropping a white bomb. This motif was located under the cockpit.
This a/c initially served with 18 NEI Sqn.
     
  A-20C A28-23 to A28-31  
     

By the time the A-20Cís arrived at 22 Sqn in October 1943 the Sqn was down to Six operational aircraft and at the point of being ineffective. The A-20Cís delivered to the RAAF were part of the P-70 conversion program where approx 50 A-20Cís were earmarked for conversion to P-70A-1. 39 aircraft were converted and 9 surplus aircraft were made available to the RAAF. These aircraft were unique in that they had 5 x .50 machine guns in the nose. Two where the 4 x .30 machine guns were usually placed in the cheek positions without blisters and  three mounted above the bomb aimers glass which was retained in the nose , to give a total of 5 x .50 machine guns in the nose. Also a strike camera was mounted behind the retained bomb aimers glass, these aircraft had long range tanks fitted and a .50 machine gun in the upper and lower gunners positions instead of the twin .30 and single .30 in each position.

These aircraft were delivered and operated in the standard US colour scheme of Olive Drab over Neutral Grey, except  A28-25 DU-N  which appears in pictures to have been repainted in Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky or Grey as was the scheme of the DB-7Bís. These long range aircraft allowed the tempo of Sqn operations to increase in number and range over a larger area. 3 were lost on ops or training and A28-31 was retained in Australia as a training and test aircraft. It was also the only Boston to be painted in the later war Scheme of all over Foliage Green and the only one fitted with tropical filters.

All the A-20Cís were converted to components (scrapped) in late 44 early 45.

     
RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial C/N Sqn. Code Mission Tally Aircraft History
A28-23 A-20C-5-DO 42-33154   DU-O 58 Served with 22 Sqn.
Crashed 09/43, converted to components
A28-24 A-20C-5-DO 42-33163   DU-P 51 Served with 22 Sqn. DU-P.
Crashed 03/44, into sea.
A28-25 A-20C-5-DO 42-33172   DU-N 30 Converted to components 04/45.
A28-26 A-20C-5-DO 42-33180     Nil Delivered 09/43. Served with 22 Sqn.
This a/c crashed on take-off for a bombing practice on 12/10/43.
The crew were killed as the 100lb practice bombs exploded in the a/c.
A28-27 A-20C-5-DO 42-33134     24 Delivered 09/43.
Served with 22 Sqn.
W/C James Gibson Emerton and P/O Terance John Gawne were killed in this a/c 30/1/44 when AA hit their a/c while raiding Lindenhafen, New Britain.
W/C Emerton was CO of 22 Sqn at the time.
A28-28 A-20C-5-DO 42-33142   DU-U 38 Delivered 09/43.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-U.
Converted to components 05/45.
A-20C Boston A28-28/DU-U,
22 Squadron,  
Morotai, late 1944. 
via Mike Mirkovic.
A28-29 A-20C-10-DO 42-33211     3 Delivered 10/43.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Ditched ??/10/43 into sea at Jacquinot Bay.
It was piloted by the C.O. W/C W Townsend and F/O D McClymont and they were posted as MIA until turning up a month later.
A28-30 A-20C-5-DO 42-33174   DU-W 44 Delivered 10/43.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-W.
This a/c had the side blister 0.303" machine guns removed and only 3 0.5" guns in the nose under which was a flat camera port.
Damaged in accident 08/44.
Converted to components.
A28-31 A-20C-5-DO 42-33168     Nil Converted to components 05/45.

Highlight for Album: Boston A28-31

     
  A-20A A28-32 to A28-40  
 

The issue of the 9 x A-20Aís to the RAAF came about from an agreement with 5th AF HQ in May 43 that when the 89th BS 3rd BG A-20 numbers dropped below a strength of 15 aircraft the remainder would transfer to 22 Sqn and the 89th BS convert to B-25ís. This happened in September 43 and in October the remaining A-20ís in US service in PNG transferred to RAAF control. This left 22 Sqn as the only A-20/Boston unit in New Guinea till Jan 44. These aircraft were all battle weary and all had flown in excess of 60 + missions with the 3rd BG. They were serviced and brought up to RAAF specifications although only about 4 were to serve with 22 Sqn. The remainder were kept on strength of 15 ARD as training and attrition aircraft. In fact only 2 combat missions were flown by A-20Aís in 22 Sqn. A28-39 was sent to Australia were it was used as a test and training aircraft .

The A-20Aís were operated in the Standard US scheme of Olive Drab over Neutral Grey except A28-34 DU-B which was repainted in the std RAAF scheme of the DB-7Bís of Dark Green and Dark Brown over Sky/Grey and A28-39 which was stripped of all paint and had all amour and armament removed at 3AD and operated in natural metal. All the A-20Aís were converted to components (scrapped) in late 44 early 45. Except A28-39 which was to remain as a training airframe till scrapped in 1948 being the last Boston on RAAF system.

 
RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial C/N Sqn. Code Mission Tally Aircraft History
A28-32 A-20A-DO 40-0085     Nil Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "She's right".
Arrived 11/43,
Converted to components 04/45.
A28-33 A-20A-DO 40-0143     Nil Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Cracker Jack".
Arrived 11/43,
Converted to components 05/45.
A28-34 A-20A-DO 40-3160   DU-B 1 Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Hell's Fire/Fifi".
Delivered 11/43.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-B.
Converted to components 04/45.
Boston A28-34 RAAF Official
A28-35 A-20A-DO 40-0162     1 Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Kentucky Red/The Shadow".
Arrived 11/43,
Converted to components 03/45.
A28-36 A-20A-DO 40-0077     Nil Previously Served with 18 Sqn NEIAF.
Then off the US 5th AF 15/06/42.
Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Baby Dumpling".
Received by the RAAF 15ARD 05/11/43.
Serialled A28-36 05/11/43.
To 22 Sqn 09/02/44.
To 10 RSU 07/06/44 for engine change.
To 15 ARD 02/08/44.
Converted to components 18/04/45.
A28-37 A-20A-DO 40-0118     Nil Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Bloody Bucket".
Arrived 11/43,
Converted to components 04/45.
A28-38 A-20A-DO 40-0139     Nil Served 89th BS(Lt), 3rd BG(lt) Named "Maid in Japan".
Arrived 11/43,
Converted to components 04/45.
A28-39 A-20A-DO 40-0144     Nil Ex #23 "Salome" 89th BS (Lt), 3rd BG (Lt), delivered to RAAF 17/11/43.
Served with 22 Sqn between 3/44 and 7/44 then returned to 3AD at Amberley stripped of operational equipment and converted to natural metal finish.
It was then used for pilot conversion and training of test pilots.
On the 16/02/45, the aircraft was to be transferred back to the USAAF FEAF at Biak, NG if a survey found the aircraft serviceable and it was not.
On the 19/03/45, the aircraft was allocated to 3 Crash & Recovery Depot at Amberley to be converted to components.
Actual approval was received on the 16/05/45 from RAAF HQ. However the aircraft transfer from 3AD to 3CRD didn’t actually take place until 21/12/45.
On the 29/09/46, it was issued to a local part-time Air Force Training Cadet Unit (name/unit unknown) as an instructional airframe.
It became Instructional Airframe #1 with this unit.
1/04/48 it was still held at the Queensland Squadron Unit based at Amberley RAAF Base of the Airforce Training Cadets as Instructional Airframe #1.
On the 2/12/48, it was stated that the airframe was no longer required and approval once more to have it converted to components.
On 10/01/49 the airframe was transferred back, administratively to 3 Aircraft Depot at Amberley.
Disposal responsibility was then transferred to DAP (Department of Aircraft Production).
The airframe was then collected from Queensland Sqn ATC on the 27/04/49 and handed over to DAP for tender and sale. T
he successful bidder collected it on the 13/09/49.
It seems it went as scrap and was melted down.
A28-40 A-20A-DO 40-3159     Nil Converted to components 05/45.
     
  A-20G A28-41 to A28-78  
     

The introduction of the A-20G completely changed the look of 22 Sqn. The Squadron was once again down to less than 10 operational aircraft by mid 1944 and badly needed replacement aircraft. With the influx of large numbers of A-20Gís to form 12 US A-20 Sqnís in early 1944 the US was able to spare sufficient numbers of new A-20Gís on loan to completely re-equip 22 Sqn with A-20Gís . 22 Sqn flew no missions in May and July 44 and only 3 missions in June, in the first half of August 44 the Sqn re-equipped with new A-20Gís on Noemfoor Island and the tempo of missions increased to there highest point with the A-20Gís, the Sqn flew approx 420 missions from mid Aug 44 till end of Boston operations on 7 Dec 44, and flew in excess of 100 missions in August and September something un achievable in the past. In the previous 21 months in New Guinea 22 Sqn flew a total of approx 890 missions with DB-7Bís , A-20Cís and A-20Aís. They were able to achieve half this total in only 3 and a half months with A-20Gís. Of the 29 A-20Gís loaned to the RAAF 23 were new or near new late model A-20G-40 and-45ís the remaining six were early second hand A-20G-10 models that were not used by 22 Sqn or on operations. When the Japanese raid on 22 Sqn on Morotai on Nov 22/23 destroyed over half the Sqn the decision was made to convert to Australian Build Beaufighters an unpopular decision in the Sqn. The remainder of the serviceable A-20Gís were returned to US stocks in mid Dec 44/early 45.

The A-20Gís were all operated in the Std US scheme of Olive Drab with Medium Green over Neutral Grey as these aircraft were on loan from US stock they stayed in std US scheme.

 
RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial C/N Sqn. Code Mission Tally Aircraft History
A28-50 A-20G-40-DO 43-21296 20943 DU-A 18 Arrived 06/44.
Crashed 09/44, into sea.
A28-51 A-20G-40-DO 43-21306 20953   30 Delivered 06/44.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Eventually destroyed at Morotai 22/11/44 and written off.
Converted to components.
A28-52 A-20G-40-DO 43-21308 20955 DU-C 20 Delivered 06/44.
Served with 22 Sqn.
Eventually destroyed at Morotai 22/11/44 and written off.
Converted to components
A28-53 A-20G-40-DO 43-21311 20958   15 Arrived 06/44.
Lost on ops 09/44.
A28-54 A-20G-40-DO 43-21540 21187 DU-E 34 Delivered 06/44.
Served with 22 Sqn.
While bombing a ship on ??/8/44 it was damaged in both wing roots from enemy fire.
The crew were F/O Davidson and Lewis.
Eventually damaged by raid on Morotai 22/11/44 and converted to components.
A28-55 A-20G-40-DO 43-21303 20950   11 Arrived 06/44.
Lost in action 09/44.
A28-56 A-20G-40-DO 43-21314 20961   4 Ex-389BS(Lt) 312BG(Lt) named "Marie".
Arrived 06/44.
Returned to USAAF 03/45.
A28-57 A-20G-40-DO 43-21301 20948 DU-J 29 Arrived 06/44.
Damaged in Air Raid, 11/44.
Returned to USAAF 1/45.
A28-58 A-20G-40-DO 43-21294 20941 DU-K 47 Arrived 06/44.
Returned to USAAF 1/45.
A28-59 A-20G-40-DO 43-21542 21189 DU-M 20 Arrived 06/44.
Damaged in air raid 11/44.
Converted to components.

A-20G Boston A28-59/DU-M
22 Squadron, 
after Japanese raid Morotai, 
November 1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

A28-60 A-20G-40-DO 43-21545 21192 DU-P 21 Delivered 06/44.
Served with 22 Sqn. DU-P.
Artwork on LHS was of a lady sitting (with a dress on) and on either side was 'Hilda Shane'.
Eventually destroyed at Morotai 22/11/44 and written off.
A28-61 A-20G-40-DO 43-21380 21027   4 Arrived 07/44.
Accident near Kornorsoren Strip during test flight, Noemfoor Island on 14/09/44.
A28-62 A-20G-40-DO 43-21381 21028   19 Arrived 07/44.
Damaged in accident 01/45.
Returned to USAAF.
A28-63 A-20G-40-DO 43-21384 21031 DU-T 2 Arrived 07/44.
Delivered 07/44.
Badly damaged by ack-ack over Boela on ??/9/44 and crash landed at Kamiri strip Noemfoor
Crew of F/O MacKenzie and S/Sgt Pedlow escaping uninjured.
A28-64 A-20G-40-DO 43-21387 21034 DU-N 6 Arrived 07/44.
Returned to USAAF 01/45.
A28-65 A-20G-45-DO 43-21953 21600 DU-G 20 Arrived 08/44.
Damaged in air raid 11/44.
Converted to components.
A28-66 A-20G-45-DO 43-21976 21623 DU-H 26 Arrived 08/44.
Returned to USAAF 01/45.
A-20Gs 43-21976 (A28-66) & A28-67 "DU-V."
22 Squadron, Noemfoor, Aug., 1944. 
Photo provided by Mike Mirkovic
P021983
A28-67 A-20G-45-DO 43-21977 21624 DU-V 19 Arrived 08/44.
Damaged in air raid 11/44.
Converted to components.
A-20Gs 43-21976 (A28-66) & A28-67 "DU-V."
22 Squadron, Noemfoor, Aug., 1944. 
Photo provided by Mike Mirkovic
P021983
A28-68 A-20G-45-DO 43-21985 21632   17 Arrived 08/44.
Damaged in air raid 11/44.
Converted to components.
A28-69 A-20G-10-DO 42-54069 11414   Nil Returned to USAAF 1/45.
A28-70 A-20G-10-DO 42-54091 11426   Nil Aircraft taken over by 22 Sqn from 417 Bomb Group USAAC 21/09/44 on loan, engine change done by 26 RSU.
Received 21/09/44.
Re-numbered A28-70.
To 22 Sqn 28/11/44.
To 26RSU 26/11/44.
To 22 Sqn 28/11/44.
Returned to USAAC 16/01/45.
A28-71 A-20G-10-DO 42-54073 11408   Nil Aircraft taken over by 22 Sqn from 417 Bomb Group USAAC 27/09/44 on loan, engine change done by 26 RSU.
Received 29/09/44.
Re-numbered A28-71 29/09/44.
To 22 Sqn 04/10/44.
To 26RSU 01/11/44.
Returned to USAAC 15/01/45.
A28-72 A-20G-10-DO 42-54092 11427   Nil Aircraft taken over by 22 Sqn from 417 Bomb Group USAAC 27/09/44 on loan, engine change done by 26 RSU.
Received 29/09/44.
Re-numbered A28-72 29/09/44.
To 22 Sqn 04/10/44.
To 26RSU 18/11/44.
Returned to USAAC 25/01/45.
A28-73 A-20G-10-DO 42-54098 11433   Nil Aircraft taken over by 22 Sqn from 417 Bomb Group USAAC 27/09/44 on loan, engine change done by 26 RSU.
Received 29/09/44.
Re-numbered A28-73 29/09/44.
To 22 Sqn 04/10/44.
To 26 RSU 18/11/44.
Returned to USAAC 19/01/45.
A28-74 A-20G-10-DO 42-54120 11455   Nil Aircraft taken over by 22 Sqn from 417 Bomb Group USAAC 27/09/44 on loan, engine change done by 26 RSU.
Received 29/09/44.
Re-numbered A28-74 29/09/44.
To 22 Sqn 04/10/44.
To 26 RSU 18/11/44.
Returned to USAAC 20/01/45.
A28-75 A-20G-45-DO 43-21970 21617   1 On loan to RAAF.
Re-numbered A28-75 04/10/44.
To 22 Sqn 12/10/44.
Damaged in enemy air raid 23/11/44.
To 5 RSU 27/04/45.
Converted to components.
A28-76 A-20G-45-DO 43-21978 21625   3 On loan to RAAF.
Re-numbered A28-76 04/10/44.
To 22 Sqn 12/10/44.
Damaged in enemy air raid 23/11/44.
To 5 RSU 27/04/45.
Converted to components.
A28-77 A-20G-45-DO 43-22250 21898   13 On loan to RAAF.
Re-numbered A28-77 04/10/44.
To 22 Sqn 12/10/44.
Returned to USAAF 07/02/45.
A28-78 A-20G-45-DO 43-22148 21787 DU-R 10 On loan to RAAF.
Re-numbered A28-78 12/10/44.
To 22 Sqn 12/10/44.
Returned to USAAC 07/02/45.
A-20G A28-78 
"DU-R" 43-22148
Photo provided by Mike Mirkovic
 
Other A-20's with a signifigant RAAF Connection
 
Type USAAF Serial C/N Aircraft History
A-20G-20-DO 42-86615   Not an RAAF aircraft however Douglas A20-G Havoc is included for reference.
417th BG, 675th BS crashed on landing at Yamai airfield Apr 16, 1944. 
Wreck was recovered from Saidor, New Guinea in 1985 for use by RAAF Museum in restoration of A-20G 42-86786.
Remains of this aircraft noted in storage at RAAF Amberley, Australia November 2002, for disposal by RAAF Museum now that their two A-20 restorations are complete.
 

 

A-20G-20-DO 42-86786   312th BG, 388th BS "Hell'n Pelican II" forced down due to bad weather in Apr 16, 1944. 
Recovered by RAAF near Annamoin in September 1984 for restoration and ultimate return to Papua New Guinea.
One of a number of wrecks recovered from Yamai Airfield, New Guinea and restored along with Boston A28-8 at RAAF Amberley.
Restoration completed in 1996.
Owned by Papua New guinea it is currently on display at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.

Highlight for Album: Havoc 42-86786

 

The author of this page is Mark Harbour (previously Darren Crick)

Source: Joe Baugher, Flightpath Magazine, National Archives, Gordon Clarke, RAAF Status Cards, Logbook of Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Flt Sgt Clifford Grove, Searcher Briefs from Dean Norman,  Wings of Destiny (W.C. Charles Learmonth), Boston, Mitchell and Liberator in Australian service ;Stewart Wilson,Friend belong Australia Tru , Boston in RAAF Service ; Gary Byk, Aviation Heritage magazines ;AHSA, Airpower, Wings ,Air Classics,  Douglas Boston/ Havoc; Scott Thompson , A-20 Havoc at War ; William Hess.

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