9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Aircraft Accident Report 45-2-8-538

February 8, 1945, Thursday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39222 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 670th Bomb Sq

Mission # 200; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: F6-S

Reason: Killed In A Landing Accident Out Of Gas (KLACoG)

Damage: Completely destroyed (4)

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

Location: 3 miles south Villeneuve St. George

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Steed, George Hubert Jr. 1Lt O-799490 Fatal
Gunner Tranchina, Carl E. Sgt 32879614 SWA, EUS

Landing accident. Attempted forced landing due to shortage of gasoline.

While returning to the base, Lt C.H. Steed called the control tower saying that he had only a few minutes fuel left. It was the last word heard from him. His plane was found later in a field near Villers St George, where it had crashed. Lt Steed was killed. His gunner, Sgt C.E. Tranchina, was seriously injured in the crash ... Sgt C.E. Tranchina, who had been seriously wounded in a crashlanding in January, in which his pilot, Lt Steed, was killed, was evacuated to the States.
(416th BG History 1945)

See Mission # 200 for additional details

Crash Photo

Memorial     Memorial

The original Memorial in the forest near the town of Montgeron commemorates the death of two Allied airmen in 1944.
(in French)

Subsequent research revealed this was the crash site of A-26 S/N 41-39222, and that
Pilot 1st Lt. George Hubert Steed, Jr. was killed, but his Gunner, Sgt Carl E. Tranchina,
was seriously injured, described by the temporary paper note added prior to an
official monument/dedication to be held later.

lancasteronline.com News Article

View information on "France-Crashes 39-45"
(in French)