9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 4971

May 20, 1944, Saturday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9211 (Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc)

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

Mission # 50; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 6; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-C

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Presumed Crashed

Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England

Location: Londiniers, France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Kleopfel, Michael Edward Jr. 1Lt O-684351 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Bankston, Ray NMI Jr. S/Sgt 38428208 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Shaw, LeRoy Richard S/Sgt 37559500 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane hit by flak. Started to slow roll losing altitude; then fell straight down out of control.

Two planes were lost over enemy territory, ... From the planes that were lost, three chutes came from one, and two chutes from the other. The crews of the planes were Lt Blair H. Bradford, S/Sgt Clarence M. Gray, S/Sgt Vern E. Molver, Lt Michael E. Kleopfel, S/Sgt Ray Bankston, and S/Sgt LeRoy R. Shaw.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 50 for additional details

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