9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation

Evaluation Mission # 5 -- September 12, 1944

Scheld, Germany



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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

On most documents, individual Aircraft are indentifed by a 3-digit "A/C Number" or just "A/C". This number is actually the last 3 digits of the A/C Serial Number. Both Identifiers are included on the A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Aircraft page.


Crews, Flight time and Aircraft Number


Pilots, Aircraft Number and Call Letters (C/L) Loading List


Pilots, Aircraft Number and Call Letters (C/L) Loading List


Aircraft Number and Bomb Load

Scanned original Evaluation Mission # 5 Folder (multipage PDF file)

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A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Mission 5 Loading List Transcription

Flt Pos A/C
Serial Number
C/L Pilot B/N 1 B/N 2 Gunner 1 Gunner 2 Other
1119941-39199DKelly, J.R. ColHanna, R.C. 1st LtRaper, E.E. 1st LtRio, D.J. S/Sgt
1219441-39194CStrand, J.H. 1st LtStebbins, B.D. 1st LtSmiley, H.M. S/Sgt
1318741-39187OBrown, C.J. 1st LtSunderland, H.E. S/Sgt
1419141-39191GBrewster, F.S. 1st LtDennis, L.W. 1st LtClark, W.O. S/Sgt
1519041-39190ASutton, L.J. 1st Lt
1618541-39185HTurner, D.O. 2nd Lt
2120041-39200LMiddlebrooks, M.T. 1st LtReeves, C.O. 2nd LtAnton, W.P. 1st LtWilliams, M.H. S/SgtFerris, C.H. Maj
2220641-39206RRobb, M.L. 2nd LtPresson, M.A. Sgt
2318941-39189NRocholl, W.H. 1st LtGeorge, W.H. S/Sgt
2419641-39196JBuskirk, J.A. 1st LtCorbitt, C.H. S/Sgt
2519841-39198FJordan, C.S. 2nd LtJensen, K.F. S/Sgt
2613241-39132PHeinke, W.R. 1st LtVanWert, G.R. S/Sgt