9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

No Report

August 5, 1944, Saturday

 

 

WWII-Medal

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Summary
Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9220 (Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 671st Bomb Sq

Mission # 114; Box: II; Flight: 2; Position: 4; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-E

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crash Belly Landing, Battle damage

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

Location: Normandy

Personnel
Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Perkins, Ronald D. Lt O-747885 Not Injured
Gunner Sherry, Vincent N. S/Sgt 32143331 Not Injured
Gunner Linneman, Robert H. S/Sgt   Not Injured


Description:
Lt Perkins' plane was hit by flak southeast of Caen and had one [engine] shot out. When he tried to crash-land on the Normandy beach head, he couldn't get the wheels down. He made a perfect belly landing, however, and none of his crew were injured.
(416th BG History 1944)

Lt. Perkins in #220 received the brunt of it. His right engine was conked out and a piece of flak had punctured one of his wing tanks. Unable to make it back to England, he made a forced landing in Normandy, completely washing out the ship. He and his crew, S/Sgt. Sherry and S/Sgt. Linneman were unhurt, and will be returning soon in a Transport plane.
("671st Unit History by Jim Kerns" (PDF))

See Mission # 114 for additional details