9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 13155

March 18, 1945, Sunday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39213 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)

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

Mission # 239; Box: I; Flight: 1; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-A

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: Worms, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Vars, Clifford J. 2Lt O-772506 MIA, WIA, RMB, RTD
Gunner Griffith, John J. Jr. Sgt 20224338 MIA, FOD

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

Four planes were presumed to be lost to flak when they failed to return to base. The planes went down in the vicinity of the PPF IP, northeast of the town of Bingen. Two planes went down in the vicinity of the target. ... No chutes were seen to emerge from any of the planes that were lost. The crews are all listed as MIA. ... #213 was seen by two crews to leave the formation in the target area with a fire in the cockpit after a direct hit in the left engine on the bomb run. Its crew was Lt C.J. Vars and S/Sgt J.J. Griffith. ... [April, 1945] There were several changes in the status of men listed as MIA: ... Lt C.J. Vars, from MIA to KIA [Erroneously]... [May, 1945] These official changes in status were received by the Personnel Section: ... 2/Lt C.J.Vars, from MIA to RMB (hospitalized for battle wounds).
(416th BG History 1945)

See Mission # 239 for additional details