416th Bombardment Group (L)
October 22, 1944, Sunday
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
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))