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A-20 Havoc

Hit by flak 2km west of Allery, 15km south of Abbeville, France on 6 June 1944.

Three crew members aboard. First Lieutenant Russell Leonard Goodchild, the pilot, was Killed in Action. The other two, Staff Sergeant Orvis Charles Preston, armorer-gunner, and Staff Sergeant John William Sanford, mechanic-gunner, survived the crash and were taken as Prisoners of War.




  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 15 km south of Abbeville, France 6 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 11:57:45 Lucy May Changes to nicknames

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Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 11:45:18 Lucy May Changes to markings, description, unit associations and place associations
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