9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 13520

March 28, 1945, Wednesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-22495 (Douglas A-26C-20-DT Invader)

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

Mission # 256; Box: II; Flight: 1; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-G

Reason: Unknown

Damage: Presumed Crashed

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

Location: Ebrach, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Gunkel, Harry Gerhard F/O T-125797 MIA, KIA
Gunner Grzona, LeRoy J. Sgt 36816710 MIA, KIA

A/C Last Sighted. Aircraft last seen to enter clouds near target.

One plane, with a crew of F/O H.G. Gunkel and Sergeant L.J. Grzona, disappeared from the formation and is unaccounted for. The crew is listed as MIA. It was last seen going through the overcast at the start of the bomb run.
(416th BG History 1945)

The A/C crashed into the forest near the small village of Schoenaich, Germany. The remains of the two killed crew member [Gunkel and Grzona] were buried in the cemetery in Siegendorf, the next little village.
(Per German researcher Norbert Vollmann)

See Mission # 256 for additional details