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
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: NE St Lo, Fr.
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