Mr. STANLEY ALUKONIS was born in a blizzard in his family home in Hudson in 1918, and was a 1935 graduate of Nashua High School. Stanley Alukonis lived a full and rich life for his 88 years with us. During the raging floods on 2006 Mr. Alukonis’ life ended at home with his family. Not many people can say they were born in Hudson and fewer still have died in the same place of their birth. Mr. Alukonis leaves behind many things to his family and the community. He leaves us with respect, courage, dignity, a strong desire to serve others and be the best you can be. His life was filled with all of those attributes and many more.
His service to the country during World War II proved his courage flying missions over Germany and providing leadership to his men. He served with the Eighth Air Force as a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress and was assigned to the 305th bomb group in Chelveston, England. His aircraft was shot down while on a mission to bomb the city of Schweinfurt in Germany. Of his crew, eight were taken prisoner and one was shot while parachuting. Mr. Alukonis evaded capture, with the assistance of Dutch family of Bemelmans, the French, and Spanish patriots, was able to reach Gibraltar, and British troops, in January 1944....
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43;
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 16/8/43; Long Beach 17/8/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-M] Chelveston 16/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bob Lang (KIA-in crash), Navigator: John Tew, Bombardier: Jim Adcox, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ruben...
||Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
||6 March 1918
||14 October 1943