9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

No Report

May 20, 1944, Saturday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9227 (Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 670th Bomb Sq

Mission # 50; Box: I; Flight: 3; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: F6-F

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Battle damage

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

Location: Wethersfield/Sta 170

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Brown, Neil Gates Lt O-669854 Not Injured
Gunner Burns, Donald E. Sgt 39288631 WIA
Gunner Maziasz, Chester W. S/Sgt 36177150 Not Injured

The necessities of war gave scant pause for death, and the next day, 20 May, seven crews took part in the first mission which was another attack on the Beauvais-Tille airdrome. The late mission of the day was an attack on the Cormeilles-en-Vixen airdrome. Excellent results were achieved on the mission on which twelve of our crews participated. Sgt Burns received the Purple Heart for his wounds sustained over the Tille airdrome.
("670th Bombardment Squadron (L) History")

General Orders No. 85, 24 May 1944, Purple Heart is awarded to: 670th Bombardment Squadron (L), Donald E. Burns, 39288631, Sergeant, Air Corps, United States Army. For wounds received in action against an enemy of the United States on 20 May 1944, while serving as a Gunner on an A-20 airplane on a combat operational mission over enemy occupied territory. Home address: South Gate, California.
(416th BG Purple Heart Awards (PDF))

See Mission # 50 for additional details