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A-20 Havoc

Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to Bombay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. [3 x KIA] MACR 11925.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Benjamin L Smith, Arm/Gunner S/Sgt Leo Kirschner, Mech/Gunner S/Sgt Wilfred A Cornwell.

Service

People

  • Wilfred Cornwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Arm/Gunner | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action ...

  • Leo Kirschner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Arm/Gunner | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. 25 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45....

  • Benjamin Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action ...

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
Manufactured Los Angeles, CA, USA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Gosfield, UK 1944

Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Trier, Germany 22 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to Bombay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. MACR 11925.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2017 12:21:46 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46711174

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11925 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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