9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

No Report

January 23, 1945, Tuesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39259 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)

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

Mission # 191; Box: I; Flight: 1; Position: 4; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-H

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Two bullet holes

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

Location: A-68

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Merritt, Theron S. Lt O-737192 Not Injured
Gunner Gatti, Raymond Joseph S/Sgt   Not Injured

A fourth plane, piloted by Lt Theron S. Merritt, in the first flight, also attacked. Unable to stay with the planes of his flight in the bad weather, he dove down from 8,000 to about 1,000 feet to strafe vehicles that he found hidden in a town in the target area. Speeding by, he came over a second town where he noticed several vehicles and released his bombs. Guns hidden in the houses sprayed their steel at him and his gunner, Staff Sergeant R.J. Gatti, strafed gun emplacements with his lower turret. Lt Merritt's plane received only two holes due to the violent manuevers that he executed. Unable to locate his flight, he turned around and headed for A-68 where he landed without further injury to the crew or the plane.
(416th BG History 1945)

See Mission # 191 for additional details