416th Bombardment Group (L)
Missing Air Crew Report 11922
December 24, 1944, Sunday
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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39242 (Douglas A-26B-20-DL Invader)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 669th Bomb Sq
Mission # 175; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 2; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-Q
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
Location: 8 To 10 Miles West Of Zulpich
A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.
Lt Reece B. Robertson's plane was hit in the right engine on the bomb run. He stayed with the formation and dropped his bombs even though his right engine was on fire. He peeled off from the formation after the target and started downward in a glide. One chute came out of the plane, which later crashed in a small town just on the German side of the bombline. Lt Robertson's gunner was Staff Sergeant Marine W. Cheney. Both are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)
See Mission # 175 for additional details