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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Henry J. Frank, O-763148 (POW, executed)
Crashed September 11, 1944 at 2:15pm
Over the target at 2:15pm, this aircraft made a bombing run and a strafing run against buildings at Boela Airfield, attacking from west to east. Anti-aircraft ground fire, likely 12.7mm machine gun or 20mm cannon fire was observed around this P-38 causing both engines to catch fire. Damaged, this P-38 pulled up at Frank was observed to bail out at 1,500', then the aircraft stalled and fell off on the left wing before crashing northeast of the runway in the revetment area of Boela Airfield.
Pilot Frank was observed to bail out by three other P-38 pilots including 1st Lt. Swift, 1st Lt. Nelson and 1st Lt. Krankowita. He was observed to land in a grove of trees 2,000' from the southeast end of the runway. Anti-aircraft fire was observed targeting his parachute as he descended. The P-38s from his flight circled the place he went down but were unable to observe him or the parachute, before departing for base. When Frank failed to return, he was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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