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416th Bombardment Group (L)
A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation
Evaluation Mission # 5 -- September 12, 1944
386th Bomb Group Mission # 277
12 September 1944
Fortifications at Scheld were bombed by our A-26 aircraft. 1000 lb. bombs
were dropped with good to excellent results.
(September 1944 553rd Bomb Squadron History)
Two of the aircraft during the September 12th Mission collided as they were starting to taxi from their hardstands to form up in line for take off. 1st Lt Lee J. Sutton, Jr., with Bombardier 1st Lt Adolphus S. Callaway and Gunnner S/Sgt Delbert C. Gilliam, assigned to fly the #2 position on this mission in A/C 41-39190, was entering the perimeter track behind the lead aircraft. To Sutton's left, 2nd Lt Dan O. Turner, Jr with Gunner S/Sgt Manuel R. Reyes in A/C 41-39185 also started out from his hardstand onto the perimeter track. Turners windshield had moisture on it which Turner was unable to clean off, and Turner was taxiing into the sun, this combination made visibility difficult, so Turner did not see Sutton's aircraft and collided with it.
Turner did not take off for this mission and Sutton had to abort after take off.
See AAR 45-9-12-529
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A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Mission 5 Loading List Transcription
|1||1||199||41-39199||D||Kelly, J.R. Col||Hanna, R.C. 1st Lt||Raper, E.E. 1st Lt||Rio, D.J. S/Sgt|
|1||2||194||41-39194||C||Strand, J.H. 1st Lt||Stebbins, B.D. 1st Lt||Smiley, H.M. S/Sgt|
|1||3||187||41-39187||O||Brown, C.J. 1st Lt||Sunderland, H.E. S/Sgt|
|1||4||191||41-39191||G||Brewster, F.S. 1st Lt||Dennis, L.W. 1st Lt||Clark, W.O. S/Sgt|
|1||5||190||41-39190||A||Sutton, L.J. 1st Lt|
|1||6||185||41-39185||H||Turner, D.O. 2nd Lt|
|2||1||200||41-39200||L||Middlebrooks, M.T. 1st Lt||Reeves, C.O. 2nd Lt||Anton, W.P. 1st Lt||Williams, M.H. S/Sgt||Ferris, C.H. Maj|
|2||2||206||41-39206||R||Robb, M.L. 2nd Lt||Presson, M.A. Sgt|
|2||3||189||41-39189||N||Rocholl, W.H. 1st Lt||George, W.H. S/Sgt|
|2||4||196||41-39196||J||Buskirk, J.A. 1st Lt||Corbitt, C.H. S/Sgt|
|2||5||198||41-39198||F||Jordan, C.S. 2nd Lt||Jensen, K.F. S/Sgt|
|2||6||132||41-39132||P||Heinke, W.R. 1st Lt||VanWert, G.R. S/Sgt|