416th Bombardment Group (L)
Missing Air Crew Report 11668
December 25, 1944, Monday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-21717 (Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 668th Bomb Sq
Mission # 177; Box: II; Flight: 1; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-P
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
Location: Losheim, Germany
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.
The formation leader's plane was hit by flak between the I.P. and the target. It lost the left wing and went spinning to the earth, crashing near the town of Resheim. One chute was seen. The crew consisted of Captain R.B. Prentiss, Lt F.H. Bursiel, Staff Sergeant D.M. Brown, and Sergeant A.O. Wylie. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)
See Mission # 177 for additional details