9th AF Patch

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

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: Losheim, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Prentiss, Richard Burr Capt O-789200 MIA, KIA
Bombardier/Navigator Bursiel, Francis Harold 1Lt O-749712 MIA, KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Brown, Daniel Miller S/Sgt 35514148 MIA, KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Wylie, Alvin Orr Sgt 13170122 MIA, KIA

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