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
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: Near Buchy, France
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