416th Bombardment Group (L)
Missing Air Crew Report 11923
December 25, 1944, Monday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39240 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq
Mission # 176; Box: I; Flight: 2; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-K
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
Location: Near Blankenheim, Germany
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.
An A-26 Invader was also hit going in to the target. Although the planes was burning, he continued on over the target and dropped his bombs with his flight. It broke way from the formation and went down burning, crashing just across the bombline. No chutes were seen. Lt K.W. Kehoe was the pilot; Corporal R.F. Graham, the gunner. Both crews are listed as MIA.
Lt Kehoe, now MIA, was given the award for "extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy while serving as pilot of an A-26 type aircraft on a mission to Munstereifel, Germany 25 December 1944."
(416th BG History 1944)
See Mission # 176 for additional details