9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

No Report

June 6, 1944, Tuesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9439 (Douglas A-20J-5-DO Havoc)

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

Mission # 68; Box: I; Flight: 1; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: F6-J

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crash Landing, Battle damage

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

Location: Wethersfield/Sta 170

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Meng, William Jones Maj O-397582 WIA
Bombardier/Navigator Powell, Vernon H. Lt O-748029 Not Injured
Gunner Glynn, Frances Patrick S/Sgt 31201629 Not Injured
Gunner Stobert, Ralph F. S/Sgt   Not Injured

Two box leader's planes, Maj. Meng's and Maj. Campbell's, were hit even before they reached the target. ... Maj. Meng nursed his badly damaged plane, with one engine ablaze, back to the Base
(416th BG History 1944)

General Orders No. 104, 14 June 1944, Purple Heart is awarded to: 670th Bombardment Squadron (L), William J. Meng, O-397582, Major, Air Corps, United States Army. For wounds received in action against an enemy of the United States on 6 June 1944, while serving as Pilot of an A-20 airplane on a combat operational mission over enemy occupied territory. Entered military service at North Middleton, Ky.
(416th BG Purple Heart Awards (PDF))

See Mission # 68 for additional details