9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 9222

October 7, 1944, Saturday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-21760 (Douglas A-20G-45-DO Havoc)

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

Mission # 153; Box: II; Flight: 2; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: 5H-Z

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: west of Trier, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Saidla, John Boon 2Lt O-759512 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Cavanagh, Albert Francis Sgt 16077155 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Armorer-Gunner Harris, Joseph Merlin Sgt 37126176 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Acft received flak hit on canopy behind pilot. Seen to crash west of Trier, Germany. Three parachutes observed. Nickname of A/C: "Candace Ann"

The plane piloted by 2nd Lt John B. Saidla was hit behind the pilot's canopy and dropped away from the formation. Crewmen reported seeing three parachutes emerge from the plane and land on the west side of the town of Trier. His gunners were Sergeants A. F. Cavanaugh and J. M. Harris.
(416th BG History 1944)

See Mission # 153 for additional details

A-20 S/N 43-21760 Crash

Map of A-20 S/N 43-21760 ("Candace Ann") crash location and locations of where crew members were captured, from Horst Webber to Dolphus Whitten Jr.
(Courtesy of Dolphus Whitten Jr. via Ralph Conte)

A-20 S/N 43-21760 Crash

Letter from Horst Webber to Dolphus Whitten Jr. inquiring about A-20 S/N 43-21760 ("Candace Ann") crash.
(Courtesy of Dolphus Whitten Jr. via Ralph Conte)