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43-10205

A-20 Havoc

Assigned to 645BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. On 7 June 1944 aircraft A-20 Havoc 43-10205 was assigned a target at LaHaye, France. On return the pilot John Metz called that the aircraft was on one engine and he was leaving the formation over the English channel 25 miles north of the French coast. The left engine caught fire which spread to the inboard gas tanks. At 2110 hrs at about 1,00 feet the left wing came off and the aircraft crashed into the channel about 25 miles south of Brighton, Sussex, after two men had bailed out. Despite Air Sea Rescue search no sign of the crew was found. All were killed in action.

A photograph of the aircraft and crew can be found at :
http://www.justinmuseum.com/jkjustin/0410photo15.html

Service

People

  • James Lindamood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 645BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Haye 7-Jun-44 in A-20 43-10205; A/C shed wing due to engine fire. Baled out over English channel. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5653 ...

  • John Metz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 645BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Haye 7-Jun-44 in A-20 #43-10205; A/C shed wing due to engine fire. Bailed out over English channel. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5653 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Russell Warrington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 645BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Haye 7-Jun-44 in A-20 43-10205; A/C shed wing due to engine fire. Baled out over English channel. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5653 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Places

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Gosfield, UK 1944

Assigned to 645BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 7 June 1944 – 7 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) 7-Jun-44. A/C lost a wing after engine fire and spun in. 3 x KIA MACR 5653

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 09:23:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28631018

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2018 10:39:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Details from:
- "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Bishop & Hey, Volume 3 p 568;
- https://www.abmc.gov/node/541190#.W21nUDKWwdV;
- MACR 5653

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5653 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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