9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 12016

December 25, 1944, Monday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 44-108 (Douglas A-20K-10-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 668th Bomb Sq

Mission # 176; Box: II; Flight: 2; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-M

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Exploded in mid-air

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

Location: Blankemheim, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Miracle, Richard Victor Capt O-026150 MIA, KIA
Bombardier/Navigator Burg, Jack J. 1Lt O-743756 KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Galloway, Arthur F. S/Sgt 35631618 MIA, DED
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Simmonds, John R. S/Sgt 17135418 MIA, DED

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

The flight leader's plane was hit by moderate to intense, heavy accurate flak that followed the formation from the bombline to the target. The plane, an A-20 Havoc, exploded in mid-air. One chute was seen to emerge and open. The crew consisted of Captain R.V. Miracle, Lt J.J. Burg, Staff Sergeants A.F. Galloway and J.R. Simmonds. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 176 for additional details