669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Jack O. Nielsen

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  19139615

Killed In Action - Apr 10, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 11-Sep-1924, Alameda County, California

Entered Military Service: Date: 13-Oct-1942 At: San Francisco, CA From: Alameda County, California
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 19139615

Missing: Memorial at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Tablets of the Missing

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission

On the morning of 10 April 1944, a cold and overcast day, 36 A-20s of the 416th Bomb Group were dispatched from Wethersfield RAF station in England. Their mission was to destroy a secret German installation hidden within the Bois des Huit Rues (Forest of the 8 streets) near Morbecque and Hazebrouck in Flanders (northern France). The flight encountered heavy flak and was forced to make three passes over the target due to cloud cover. Three aircraft were lost, with only one crew surviving. A-20G tail number 43-9895, flown by 2nd Lt. Arthur A. Raines, Jr. with gunners SSgt Glenn J. Bender and SSgt Jack O. Nielsen was lost over the target due to flak. The aircraft was last seen by Lt. Ernest L. Johnson (670th BG) at 11,000 feet with one engine feathered. Ssgt Nielsen, an Armorer Gunner, entered the service from California.

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

Two crews were lost due to Enemy Action. Second Lt. Arthur A. Raines and his two gunners, S/Sgt. Jack O. Nielsen and S/Sgt. Glenn J. Bender, were last seen shortly after leaving the target area losing altitude. Lt. Raines, Lt. Cramsie, and their crews have been listed as "Missing in Action".
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 3746 and Mission # 10

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