9th AF Patch

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

Damage: Crashed

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

Location: 8 To 10 Miles West Of Zulpich

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Robertson, Reece B. 1Lt O-750851 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Cheney, Marine W. S/Sgt 17121760 MIA, POW, DED

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

Reece B. Robertson

The University of Utah's Veterans Day Commemoration
2003 Honoree - Reece B. Robertson