416th Bombardment Group (L)
August 5, 1944, Saturday
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
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