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.
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