9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 4095

April 23, 1944, Sunday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9707 (Douglas A-20G-30-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 671st Bomb Sq

Mission # 26; Box: II; Flight: 1; Position: 4; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-H

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Direct Flak hit, Completely destroyed

Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England

Location: Over target at Bonnieres France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Schouten, Joseph Thomas 2Lt O-747902 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Williamson, Robert Ray S/Sgt 19139625 MIA, KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Feistl, Joseph E. Sgt 7021806 MIA, KIA

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane was hit in turret section of fuselage by direct flak burst

For the first time the crews saw one of their own planes broken in half by flak over the target. The crew, 2nd Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, S/Sgt. Robert R. Williamson, and Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl, are all listed as "Missing in Action".
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 26 for additional details

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