9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 6047

June 6, 1944, Tuesday

 

 

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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-10164 (Douglas A-20G-35-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 671st Bomb Sq

Mission # 68; Box: III; Flight: 3; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-I

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: Near Buchy, France

Personnel
Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Wipperman, Ronald Alvin 2Lt O-750752 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Ahrens, Henry S. S/Sgt 32910250 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Mazza, Louis C. Sgt 12204199 MIA, POW, FOD, KIA


Notes:
A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. One bomb run 45 seconds from target, aircraft was hit by flak and left engine caught on fire. Aircraft crashed, exploded and one chute was seen to open.

Description:
Lt. R.A. Wipperman's plane crashed, but three chutes were seen to come out of it and open. His two gunners were S/Sgt. H.S. Ahrens and Sgt. L.C. Mazza.
(416th BG History 1944)

Pilot Lt. Ronald Wipperman, was taken POW; Gunner S/Sgt Henry S. Ahrens was KIA; Gunner Sgt Louis C. Mazza was originally listed as MIA, presumed to be a POW, but was later determined deceased under Public Law 490 and status changed to FOD (Finding Of Death).

See Mission # 68 for additional details





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