668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Capt. Richard Burr ("Rick") Prentiss

Pilot,  O-789200

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 02-Feb-1916, Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont

Entered Military Service: Date: 4-Sep-1941 At: Rutland, VT From: Chittenden County, Vermont
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 11015817

Buried: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Hombourg, Belgium, Plot G Row 14 Grave 15

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Fields of Honor Database

Capt Richard B Prentiss


Richard Burr Prentiss was born 2 February 1916,in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, theson of Dr. Orlow Frederick Prentiss and MarjorieB. (nee Elms) Prentiss. He had an older brother,Robert; and a younger sister. Barbara.

He graduated from High School in Burlington, andattended Green Mountain State College in Poultney,Vermont. He then attended Syracuse Universityin Syracuse, New York, and enlisted in the U.S.Army Air Corps, as an aviation cadet, on 04September 1941. He graduated from SyracuseUniversity, in June of 1942.

He was sent for training and became a pilot ofA20 Havoc Light Bomber aircraft. He wasassigned to the 9th Air Force; 416th BombGroup; 668th Bomb Squadron.

Christmas Day, 25 December 19449th Air Force; 416th Bomb Group (Light);668th Bomb SquadronA/C: A20-J15 Havoc; Serial #: 43-21717MACR #: 11668On a Bombing Mission on the Ahutte Railheadat Losheim, Germany, Airplane hit by enemyanti-aircraft fire (FLAK); Airplane was seenspinning straight down to the ground withthe left wing shot off; one parachute seen.Plane crashed before reaching the target,near Losheim, Germany. All 4 crew memberswere Killed In Action.

Pilot: Capt. Richard B. Prentiss ~O-789200~Burlington, Chittenden County, VT

Bomb/Nav: 1Lt. Francis H. Bursiel ~O-749718~Whitman, Essex County, MA

Armorer-Gunner: SSgt. Daniel M. Brown ~35514148~Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, OH

Armorer-Gunner: Sgt. Alvin O. Wylie ~13170122~New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA

Extracted from Find A Grave.com

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

The formation leader's plane was hit by flak between the I.P. and the target. It lost the left wing and went spinning to the earth, crashing near the town of Resheim. One chute was seen. The crew consisted of Captain R.B. Prentiss, Lt F.H. Bursiel, Staff Sergeant D.M. Brown, and Sergeant A.O. Wylie. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 11668 and Mission # 177

Photos and Documents
School Yearbook
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 28 Feb 1944, Mon Page 4
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 09 May 1944, Tue Page 11
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 13 Jun 1944, Tue Page 11
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 21 Jun 1944, Wed Page 7
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 27 Jun 1944, Tue Page 11
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 21 Sep 1944, Thu Page 11
Springfield Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, Sunday, April 8, 1945
The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) 11 Jan 1945, Thu Page 9
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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