9th AF Patch

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.

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Dontas, Peter NMI 1Lt O-806236 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Fields, William Edward S/Sgt 35339996 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Nielsen, Arthur Lawrence S/Sgt 37389813 MIA, KIA

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

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