From: Victoria, Australia
ORIGINAL: Howard Mitchell
It's an odd one, looks like a field conversion. Seems to have 3 x 0.5" in the nose and most of the nose perspex is painted over, except perhaps for the flat bombadier's panel. Any more details of this particular machine tocaff?
KIRIWINA, TROBRIAND ISLANDS, PAPUA. C. 1943-12. GROUND CREW OF NO. 22 (BOSTON) SQUADRON RAAF WITH AN
AIRCRAFT STRIPPED FOR AN INSPECTION. LEFT TO RIGHT: SERGEANT A. EDMOND, NEWCASTLE, NSW; LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN (LAC)
D. C. PIDDINGTON, GOONDIWINDI, QLD; LAC K. J. HEANEY, MELBOURNE, VIC; CORPORAL H. M. NISBET, MELBOURNE, VIC; LAC
D. R. LAMOND, WA; LAC B. B. GARLAND, TAMWORTH, NSW; LAC W. HEWSON, LOCKHART, NSW; LAC L. H. JOHNS, HILLSTON, NSW
(ON TOP); LAC H. M. HANN, WOODBURN, NSW; LAC A. K. GLASSE, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW.
Boston, Mitchell & Liberator in Australian Service, Stewart Wilson, 1992.
Nine A-20Cs arrived in Australia from the USA in September of 1943. They were assigned the serials A28-23 through 31. They required substantial work to make them operational, and did not fly their first missions until mid-October. The serial numbers of these planes were as follows:
A28-23 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33154
A28-24 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33163
A28-25 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33172
A28-26 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33180
A28-27 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33134
A28-28 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33142
A28-29 Ex-USAAF A-20C-10-DO 42-33211
A28-30 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33174
A28-31 Ex-USAAF A-20C-5-DO 42-33168
... The A-20Cs delivered to Australia retained the standard American armament when delivered.
It's not possible to see which particular aircraft this is though A28-26 and A28-29 had been written off prior to this date.
From the above quotes it's not clear whether an armament change was made during the 'substantial work' on the A-20Cs but the RAAF DB-7B (Boston III) aircraft A28-01 to A28-22 certainly were converted from glass nose to attack variants by No.1 Aircraft Depot in Melbourne with the replacement of the glazed with aluminum panels and the addition of 4 x 0.50 cal guns in the nose. There are plenty of before and after shots floating around.
(One day I will learn to spell - or check before posting....)
Uh oh, Firefox has a spell checker!! What excuse can I use now!!!