On 1/24/44 at 4:32pm the Douglas A-20G Havoc #43-9821 crashed onto a mountain slope in the Mojave National Preserve, California killing the pilot Capt. Bud A. Smilanich. The A-20G, which was one of four were on a ferry flight that took off from Daggett, California and were cleared to Las Vegas, Nevada. The flight of A-20s encountered poor weather in the Silver Lake area and three turned back for Daggett. Capt. Smilanich’s airplane didn’t return to Daggett and never arrived at Las Vegas prompting a massive search effort. The weather conditions hampered the initial search, but the wreckage of the A-20G was eventually found two weeks later on 2/6/44. Investigators speculated that the pilot encountered instrument conditions and inadvertently flew into a mountainside about sixty feet from a ridge scattering wreckage over the top and down the other side. The pilot was the only person onboard at the time of the accident.