9th AF Patch

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

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: Near Blankenheim, Germany

Personnel
Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Kehoe, John William 1Lt O-758184 MIA, KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Graham, Robert F. Cpl 19091471 MIA, KIA


Notes:
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Description:
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.
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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