9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 6045

June 6, 1944, Tuesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-21468 (Douglas A-20J-15-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq

Mission # 68; Box: II; Flight: 1; Position: 1; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-J

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crash Landing, Battle damage

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

Location: Forges-les-Eaux, France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Campbell, Murdoch William Maj O-397425 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Bombardier/Navigator Palin, William Harmond 1Lt O-748094 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Hatch, Harold Finlay S/Sgt 13066543 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Thompson, James Bryan S/Sgt 15016702 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft and Other Circumstances. Crash landed just after target.

Two box leader's planes, Maj. Meng's and Maj. Campbell's, were hit even before they reached the target. ... Maj. Campbell was unable to make it. As the crews reported it, he kept his plane under control and appeared to make a normal landing in an open field in France. With him were Lt. William H. Palin, S/Sgt. Harold R. Hatch, and S/Sgt. James B. Thompson.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 68 for additional details

Map showing locations where Crewmembers landed

(Compliments of French researcher Alain Trouplin)

View video interview with Dave Andrews by Wayne Sayles
Relating the ordeal of Lt. William H. Palin on this mission.

1st Lt. William H. Palin Escape and Evasion Report
(Downloaded from NARA)

View information on "France-Crashes 39-45"
(in French)