9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 9275

September 29, 1944, Friday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-10165 (Douglas A-20G-35-DO Havoc)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 671st Bomb Sq

Mission # 149; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 2; A/C Fuselage Code: 5C-H

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Presumed Crashed

Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France

Location: Julich, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot York, Robert Walter 1Lt O-750758 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Ashton, Lewis Alexander S/Sgt 33464270 MIA, POW, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Wilds, Harley James S/Sgt 37115854 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C loss Information not available. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Nickname of A/C: "Snooks"

Three planes, all from the 671st Bomb Sq (L), were knocked down, and almost simultaneously, at the target. All three were in the same flight. ... The plane piloted by Lt R.W. York with Staff Sergeants L.A. Ashton and H.J. Wilds as gunners was seen at the target, diving and losing altitude.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 149 for additional details