669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Andre Joseph ("Andy") Vleghels

Pilot,  O-750488

Killed In Action - Sep 16, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 1919, Belgium

Entered Military Service: Date: 11-Jun-1941 At: Detroit, MI From: Wayne County, Michigan
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 36117754

Buried: Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg, Plot E Row 7 Grave 65

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

A/C Seen to Crash, believed to have been lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Airplane crashed in sea.

The plane piloted by Lt Andre J. Vleghels was hit on the bomb run. One engine was burning badly. The plane is thought to have gone down in the southeast corner of Oosterschelde Bay. Two parachutes were seen drifting toward land. His two gunners were Staff Sergeants Roger W. Rice and Clay E. Young.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 9103 and Mission # 145

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Passenger List
Photo taken when Vleghels was an aviation cadet (class 43-G at Yuma Army Air Field, Arizona), Vleghels standing third from right
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) 31 Oct 1943, Sun Page 40
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
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

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band