416th Bombardment Group (L)
Missing Air Crew Report 7794
August 8, 1944, Tuesday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9673 (Douglas A-20G-30-DO Havoc)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq
Mission # 117; Box: I; Flight: 1; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-I
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Damage: Lost wing and exploded
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: West of Frevent, Fr.
A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.
Another plane out of that first flight also went down. The plane caught on fire when it was hit by flak after leaving the target; it was seen to lose a wing and then explode. Lt. Peter Dontas was the pilot. Staff Sergeants A.L. Nielsen and W.E. Fields were the gunners. One chute was seen to come out of the plane. The crew is listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)
See Mission # 117 for additional details