416th Bombardment Group (L)
Missing Air Crew Report 9103
September 16, 1944, Saturday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-21767 (Douglas A-20G-45-DO Havoc)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq
Mission # 145; Box: II; Flight: 1; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-N
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: Southeast corner of Bay of Oostershilde, North Sea, near enemy coast
A/C Seen to Crash, believed to have been lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Airplane crashed in sea.
The plane piloted by Lt Andre J. Vleghels was hit on the bomb run. One engine was burning badly. The plane is thought to have gone down in the southeast corner of Oosterschelde Bay. Two parachutes were seen drifting toward land. His two gunners were Staff Sergeants Roger W. Rice and Clay E. Young.
(416th BG History 1944)
See Mission # 145 for additional details