9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Aircraft Accident Report 45-2-22-524

February 22, 1945, Thursday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39208 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 671st Bomb Sq

Mission # 210; Box: I; Flight: 3; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-L

Reason: Crashed On Take Off (CRT)

Damage: Major damage (3)

Point Of Departure: A-69 Laon/Athies, France

Location: Station A-69 - Laon, France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Van Noorden, Hartwig M. 1Lt O-765154 Not Injured
Gunner Steffey, Robert I. S/Sgt 33622259 Not Injured

Pilot's Mission: Combat

Nature of Accident: Crash on take-off

Cause of Accident: Mechanical malfunction of propeller governor.

Narrative: On 22 February 1945 Lt. Ban Noorden was scheduled to fly A-26B-20, AAF No. 41-39208, on an operational mission. However, while on the take-off run his left engine lost power. He applied brakes and cut his engines in an attempt to stop, but was unable to do so. Consequently, he ran off the end of the runway. His left gear and nose gear collapsed.
Investigation disclosed that the pilot valve of the properrer governor had stuck, allowing the engine oil pressure to feather the left engine.

Handwritten on Loading List: Crashed T/O

See Mission # 210 for additional details

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

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