9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

No Report

October 22, 1944, Sunday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): Unknown

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

Reason: Weather prevented landing at A-55

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

Location: R.A.F. field East of London

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Henderson, Floyd W. Lt   Not Injured

During my flight training, while flying solo, I was reported as Missing In Action! I just had taken off on October 22 when a fog bank enveloped the field. I lost communication with the tower and was uncertain of my actual position. I dropped to low level to try to identify some landmarks, but a near collision with a tower soon pushed me back to a higher altitude.

After being unable to find the coastline to orient myself, I headed west and landed at a base near London. Unable to get my A-26 serviced there, I repositioned to a C-47 base while the weather improved. By mid-afternoon of the October 24, my efforts to contact the squadron had failed and I was reported as MIA. Just a few hours later, I finally managed to get airborne and return to base...to the surprise of all my squadron mates.

("Floyd Henderson, Pilot A-20/A-26 671st BG" Article (PDF))