9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 6192

June 29, 1944, Thursday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9684 (Douglas A-20G-30-DO Havoc)

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

Mission # 87; Box: I; Flight: 3; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-K

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: NE St Lo, Fr.

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Baxter, Bruce Edward F/O T-002090 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Potter, Harold A. Sgt 16119390 MIA, POW, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Ernstrom, Reed Ludvig Sgt 19171760 MIA, KIA

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Acrft hit by flak over target area. Left engine was set afire. Acrft stalled and slipped down to the left, Kept burning after crash but did not explode.

One aircraft was hit by enemy fire at St. Lo and was seen to crash northeast of that city. The pilot was Flight Officer Bruce E. Baxter. His two gunners were Sgt. R.L. Ernstrom and Sgt. H.A. Potter. One chute was seen to emerge from the falling plane. All are listed as "Missing in Action." It had been F/O Baxter's first operational mission.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 87 for additional details

Sgt Harold A. Potter Escape and Evasion Report
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