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

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

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.

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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