669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Marine W. Cheney

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  17121760

Killed In Action - Dec 24, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 16-Jan-1922, Chrokee County, Kansas

Entered Military Service: Date: 15-Oct-1942 At: Kansas City, MO From: Crawford County, Kansas
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 17121760

Buried: Girard Cemetery, Girard, Kansas

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

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 also MACR 11922 and Mission # 175

Photos and Documents
1925 KS State Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri) 8 February 1944 Page 5
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
Cemetery Record
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources