669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Ashton Ellsworth Carter

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  11014823

Killed In Action - Mar 18, 1945

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 25-May-1921, New Hampshire

Entered Military Service: Date: 20-Nov-1940 At: Manchester, NH From: Cheshire County, New Hampshire
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 11014823

Buried: Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York, Plot: J, 15383

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S/S A.E. Carter Reported Missing Over Germany

S/S Ashton E. Carter, 22, of Keene is missing in action over Germany since March 18, according to word received by his brother, Corp. Arthur N. Carter.

Sergt. Carter is an aerial gunner with the 669th Squadron, 416th Bombing Group of the 9th Air Force.

Mr. Carter spent 18 months in the Southwest Pacific with the 90th bomb squadron and later returned to the United States as instructor in aerial gunnery at Lincoln, Neb., and the returned to active service in the European war theater.

He holds a Good Conduct medal, Asiatic Pacific theater ribbon; Oak Leaf Cluster; Bismarck Sea ribbon and Distinguished Service Cross "for untiring devotion to duty in the Southwest Pacific."

His wife and daughter, Cheryl Ann, live in Lincoln, Neb. He has never seen his daughter as she was born Oct. 26, last, and Sergt. Carter left in August for his second tour of duty overseas.

Sergt. Carter has two brothers and two sisters in the service; W/O Wright V. B. Carter, who is in New Guinea; Corp. Arthur N. Carter, who is in Keene on a furlough, and who has spent many months overseas; Sergt. Ruth Wright with the WAC in Great Falls, Mont., and Priv Addie Sinclair, with the WAC stationed in Washington.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Information not Available. 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. ... #521 received a direct hit on the turn off the target. Both engines were smoking and it was losing altitude but apparently under control. It might have been the plane seen to hit the ground near Johannisberg. After flames broke out in the right engine nacelle, the right wing broke off about 3,000 feet above the ground. The crew included Lt R.H. Cornell, Lt R.E. Enman, and S/Sgt A. Carter.
(416th BG History 1945)

See also MACR 13153 and Mission # 239

Photos and Documents
1940 US Census
1940 US Census
City Directory
Lincoln Evening Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) 13 Apr 1945, Fri Page 2
Lincoln Evening Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) 30 Apr 1946, Tue Page 4
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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