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Vernon H Powell




  • William Meng

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 416th Bomb Group
    William J. Meng was born at North Middletown, Ky., in 1917. He attended High School in North Middletown where he graduated in 1935. He entered Transylvania College in 1935 and completed three years majoring in economics. He participated in the...

Units served with


  • 43-9452

    A-20 Havoc
    Crash landed after engine failure 5 miles S of Arlon, Belgium on 21 January 1945. Pilot Edwin L. Osborne.

  • 43-9439 Out Hell'n

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9444 Timmy II

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-22499 Reida Rae

    A-26 Invader
    This a/c has been fully restored and is on display at the New England Air Museum at the Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT

  • 43-22508

    A-26 Invader

Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
First 416th BG Combat Mission Bernay, France 4 March 1944
Wounded In Action/Purple Heart Wisques, France 19 March 1944

In the course of the three passes made at the target by our planes, we suffered 100% battle damage. Lt. Vernon H. Powell, Bombardier-Navigator of the lead plane piloted by Major Meng, was hit in the side of the head by a piece of flak. His helmet absorbed the force of the blow (see Exhibit #2) but Lt. Powell was knocked unconscious.

Crash Landing Wethersfield Airfield, UK 6 June 1944

Two box leader's planes, Maj. Meng's and Maj. Campbell's, were hit even before they reached the target. ... Maj. Meng nursed his badly damaged plane, with one engine ablaze, back to the Base. Powell was unhurt

Final 416th BG Combat Mission Stod, Czech 1 May 1945

Flew 53 combat missions


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