9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Reports AAR 45-3-21-517 / MACR 15911

March 21, 1945, Wednesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-22523 (Douglas A-26C-20-DT Invader)

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

Mission # 246; Box: I; Flight: 2; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-N

Reason: Mid Air Collision (KMAC)

Damage: Completely destroyed (4)

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

Location: 4 miles NW Neerpelt, Belgium (E-350990)

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Andersen, Charles Jay Jr. Capt O-445522 KIA
Bombardier/Navigator Babbage, Westmoreland NMI 2Lt O-766177 KIA
Bombardier/Navigator Roman, Leo J. 2Lt O-2068051 KIA
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Heitell, Stanley L. S/Sgt 32704568 KIA

Mid-Air Collision

Coming back over friendly territory about 25 miles northeast of St. Trond, Captain Andersen, leading the second flight of the first box, was attempting to regain his position in the first box. He slid his plane over the plane flown by Captain Rooney and chewed off its tail. The two planes collided in mid-air and fell to the ground and burned. Lt Kirk, B-N in Capt Rooney's plane, bailed out safely with only minor injuries. All the others were killed in the crash, which happened without warning. Captain Rooney was completing his 65th mission when the accident occurred. The reason for the crash is unknown. Flying with Captain Andersen were Lt W. Babbage, Lt. L.J. Roman, and S/Sgt S.L. Heitell. Captain Rooney had Capt C.C. Slaughter of the Infantry and Sgt. R.J. Kamischke flying with him.
(416th BG History 1945)

See Mission # 246 for additional details

See also Capt. Charles J. Andersen and 2nd Lt. Leo J. Roman Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPF)
available at the American Air Museum in Britain compliments of William L "Bill" Beigel.