9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 9274

September 29, 1944, Friday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-21724 (Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc)

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

Mission # 149; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-A

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Exploded in mid-air

Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France

Location: Julich, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot De Mand, Francis Wilhelm 1Lt O-806235 MIA, KIA
Bombardier/Navigator Burns, Alwin Caruthers Jr. 2Lt O-708876 MIA, DED
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Middleton, Clyde Walton S/Sgt 17100579 MIA, POW, RMC, EUS
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Troyer, Reuben Junior S/Sgt 15059054 MIA, DED

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Exploded in mid-air from direct flak hit.

Three planes, all from the 671st Bomb Sq (L), were knocked down, and almost simultaneously, at the target. All three were in the same flight. Lt F.W. DeMand was leading the flights with Lt A.C. Burns, B-N, in the nose and Staff Sergeants R.J. Troyer and C.W. Middleton in the tail. The plane received a direct hit and exploded in mid-air in the area over the target. Two chutes were observed to emerge from the falling wreck.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 149 for additional details