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

Personnel
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


Notes:
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

Description:
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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