9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Missing Air Crew Report 12346

February 14, 1945, Wednesday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-22512 (Douglas A-26C-20-DT Invader)

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

Mission # 204; Box: II; Flight: 3; Position: 3; A/C Fuselage Code: 2A-T

Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft

Damage: Presumed Crashed

Point Of Departure: A-69 Laon/Athies, France

Location: Heimersheim, Germany

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Chalmers, John Joseph 1Lt O-533025 MIA, POW, RMC
Bombardier/Navigator Eckard, Lawrence A. 2Lt O-2063231 MIA, KIA
Airplane Mechanic-Gunner Fortner, Kim S/Sgt 15088677 MIA, POW, RMC, RTD

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Ten aircraft suffered battle damage. The eleventh aircraft, believed hit by flak, was last seen going down in flames in the vicinity of Heinersheim. One chute emerged. The crew of three included Lts J.J. Chalmers and L.W. Eckard, and S/Sgt K. Fortuner.
(416th BG History 1945)

See Mission # 204 for additional details