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Louis Gordon Alphonse

Military

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 40 missions and credited 1 aerial victory. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bomber mission to Rheims, on landfall on French coast at Le Treport, last seen lagging behind formation and lost contact when they changed course. Shot down by flak strafing a US motor convoy near Avranches in P-47 42-8491 Killed in Action (KIA) 14-Aug-44. MACR 7373.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-8491 'Donna Dae III' 'Princess Jocelyn' 'Tiger Lil'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by friendly fire whilst mistakenly attacking a US motor convoy Avranches. Pilot Lt Louis G Alphonse Killed in Action (KIA). 14-Aug-44. MACR 7373.

  • 42-8694 'Little Texan'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt James B Smith. Re-assigned to Lt Louis G Alphonse. Failed to Return (FTR) target support mission to Arras, France. Straggling behind the formation, A/C was shot down by Bf109 which bounced...

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oklahoma City, OK, USA 24 May 1921

Son of Louis Alphonse.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK, USA 6 February 1942
Crashed Tonopah Airport, Tonopah, AZ 85354, USA 27 October 1943

Landing Accident Tonapah Aux Fld, Arizona Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Louis G Alphonse, 27-Oct-43.

AT-6C 42-44220 533TEFTS

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 3 June 1944 – 14 August 1944

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 50300 Avranches, France 14 August 1944

Shot down by flak strafing a US motor convoy near Avranches in P-47 42-8491 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7373.

Buried American Cemetery Saint-James, France 18 August 1944

American cemetery of St. James in France.

Buried Hornbrook, CA 96044, USA 1945

Henley and Hornbrook Cemetery
Hornbrook
Siskiyou County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2019 20:55:39 VetResearch23 Changes to media associations
Sources

Lemoore 43-B yearbook.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2019 20:45:03 VetResearch23 Changes to media associations
Sources

College of the Pacific yearbook. 1938/9 approximate.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 12:19:53 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Alphonse&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Alphonse%2C+Louis...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7373&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28721905
https://www.fold3.com/image/319136713/?terms=Louis%20G%20Alphonse
http://www.absa3945.com/P47/p47.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Alphonse&GSfn=Loui...

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 12:05:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Alphonse&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Alphonse%2C+Louis...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7373&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28721905
https://www.fold3.com/image/319136713/?terms=Louis%20G%20Alphonse
http://www.absa3945.com/P47/p47.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Alphonse&GSfn=Loui...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7373 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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