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AL677

A-20 Havoc

Aircraft was originally part of the complement of 226 Squadron RAF but given over to 15th Bombardment Squadron to be flown by an American crew. The aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed on Texel Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the German airfield at De Koog, Holland. Three airmen were KIA and one was captured as a POW.

Service

Units

  • 27th Fighter Group

    27th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 27th went through two different incarnations during the Second World War. As the 27th Bombardment Group it fought in the Philippines and Java in 1941-42. It was then reformed in the US and sent to North Africa, where it eventually became the 27th...

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942. ...

People

  • Marshall Draper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    Became the first member of the 8th AAF to become a Prisoner of War (POW). Flying July 4, 1942 the 15th BS Boston III AL677 MQ-P (a RAF training plane borrowed for the unit until US planes arrived) was shot down by flak and crashed on sandbar opposite...

  • Frederick Loehrl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Boston III AL677 MQ-P (a RAF training plane borrowed for the unit until US planes arrived) was shot down by flak and crashed on sandbar opposite DeKooij af, Island of Texel, Holland. 15th BG was a liaison squadron.

  • Robert Whitham

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA). Boston III AL677 MQ-P (a RAF training plane borrowed for the unit until US planes arrived) was shot down by flak and crashed on sandbar opposite DeKooij af, Island of Texel, Holland. 15th BG was a liaison squadron. Whitham's...

  • James Wright

    Military | Corporal | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA). Boston III AL677 MQ-P (a RAF training plane borrowed for the unit until US planes arrived) was shot down by flak and crashed on sandbar opposite DeKooij airfield, Island of Texel, Holland. 15th BG was a liaison squadron. Wright...

Missions

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 1786 De Kooy, Netherlands 4 July 1942

Loehrl, Fredrick

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 10:17:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014. "Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman; crew information from "Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A, Hey MBE, National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). For more information on the DB-7B see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-20_Havoc#Specifications_.28DB-7B....
- Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 02:30:59 466thHistorian Changes to production block number and events
Sources

http://raf-112-squadron.org/27thfghonor_roll43-44.html

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2014 21:08:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Oct-2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-20_Havoc

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2014 21:05:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-OCt-2014, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-20_Havoc

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2014 21:00:53 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Oct-2014, crew connections from my database of 8th Air Force losses, Roger A. Freeman, "The Mighty Eighth War Diary"; "Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop an John A Hey MBE; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC); National Archives Records Administration (NARA ) POW records.

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