416th Bombardment Group (L)
Aircraft Accident Report 45-8-25-535
August 25, 1944, Friday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9387 (Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 670th Bomb Sq
Reason: Killed, Mid Air Collision (KMAC)
Damage: Completely destroyed (5)
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: 3 miles West of Stone, Suffolk
Nature of Accident: Collision in full flight with objects other than aircraft.
Cause of Accident: Pilot error - error in judgement.
Two training accidents which marred our records for the month resulted in the death of two of our newer Pilots. On the 25th, a four-ship training flight took off, led by Lt. Ostrander. Flying #3 position was Second Lieutenant Norris B. Haney. Flying over Beatty Hall, a distance from this Base, the formation descended to low altitude and went into an echelon to the right. Lt. Haney seemed to break out of the formation and went down to minimum altitude. His plane struck a telephone pole which tore off the left horizontal stabilizer. The airplane slow rolled into the ground killing Lt. Haney. ... Both Lt. Haney and Lt. Smith were interred in the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
(416th BG History 1944)