9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Reports MACR 6046 / MACR 9832

June 6, 1944, Tuesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-10148 (Douglas A-20G-35-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq

Mission # 68; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-H

Reason: Lost as a result of Other Circumstances

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: SW Forges, France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Church, Charles NMI 2Lt O-440998 MIA, POW, RMC, EUS
Airplane Mechanic - Gunner Maciulewicz, Peter Paul S/Sgt 13134462 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer - Gunner Shatzer, Herbert Erdman S/Sgt 33718687 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Other Circumstances. Seen to crash 4 miles SW of Forges, France, 3 chutes reported.

The third plane, piloted by Lt. Charles Church, was last seen leaving the target area in trouble. Several crews reported seeing a big explosion in the woods nearby that might have been his plane. His gunners were S/Sgt. H.E. Shatzer and S/Sgt. P.P. Maciulewicz.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 68 for additional details

View information on "France-Crashes 39-45"
(in French)

This short YouTube video shows 2 different aircraft (A/C) from 3 different camera view angle clips. The initial portion of the video (Time Start through 0:03 seconds) shows the severely damaged and burning left wing of a four-engine A/C since there are two engines visible on this one wing. The last portion (Time 0:04 seconds to End), shows twin-engine 669th Bomb Squadron (fuselage code "2A"), 416th Bomb Group (vertical white stripe at the back of the tail) Douglas A-20G-35-DO Havoc A/C Serial Number 43-10148 which was shot down and crash-landed under pilot control on 416th BG Mission #68 on D-Day, June 6, 1944 (MACR 6046 / 9832). All 3 crew members - 2Lt Charles Church (Pilot), S/Sgts Peter P. Maciulewicz (Airplane Mechanic-Gunner) and Herbert E. Shatzer (Airplane Armorer-Gunner) - were taken POW and were liberated after V-E Day. Video discovered by Roger Robbins, Wethersfield Airfield Museum; Published on YouTube Sep 6, 2014 by by Zoran Petek.
Duration (Min:Sec): 0:05