9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 12210

July 18, 1944, Tuesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9975 (Douglas A-20G-35-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 668th Bomb Sq

Mission # 101; Box: I; Flight: 1; Position: 4; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-W

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Ditched in English Channel

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

Location: Eng. Channel off Little-Hampton, Essex, Eng.

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Cruze, Raymond Kyle 1Lt O-747755 MIA, KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Cherry, Frank Edward Sgt 34774161 KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Giesy, Samuel H. Jr. Sgt 39554134 WIA, RTD

A/C Forced down. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Pilot forced to ditch airplane in English Channel.

Lt. Raymond K. Cruse was forced to ditch in the Channel. Although it [was not] certain that he had drowned, his body was never recovered and he is listed as MIA. One gunner, Sergeant F.E. Cherry, was killed in action; the other gunner Sergeant S. W. Giesy, was seriously wounded in action --- he was recovered by rescue craft.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 101 for additional details