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Stanley Glenn Aldridge

Military

Assigned to 340BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed To Return (FTR) navigation exercise to Burtonwood in B-17 41-9098. Weather was poor, almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were missed by the crew, and so while continuing on their heading they crashed on the eastern side of Cadair Bronwen in the Berwyn Mountain range in North Wales. 11-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB)

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Henry Gilbert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 340BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed To Return (FTR) navigation exercise to Burtonwood in B-17 41-9098. Weather was poor, almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were missed by the crew, and so while continuing on their...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 340th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-9098 'Big Bitch'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boise and assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 10/4/42; transferred 340BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; detailed on a navigation exercise to Burtonwood, Lancs., the weather was poor, and almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pasadena, CA, USA 4 February 1919
Lived in Grayson County, TX, USA 1941
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 11 September 1941
Based Polebrook 1942 – 11 August 1942

Assigned to 340BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Polebrook, Peterborough PE8 5LN, UK 1 August 1942

Promoted to Sergeant.

Died Cadair Bronwen, Corwen LL21 0ND, UK 11 August 1942

Failed To Return (FTR) navigation exercise to Burtonwood in B-17 41-9098. Poor weather caused crash on the eastern side of Cadair Bronwen, Wales. 11-Aug-42 DNB.

Buried 13 August 1942

Interrred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried 395 Biddle Blvd, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, USA 10 June 1949

Re-Interrred
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2018 16:51:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952969?terms=Stanley%20G%20Aldridge
https://www.fold3.com/record/84779046-stanley-g-aldridge
https://www.fold3.com/image/625152567?terms=Stanley%20Aldridge
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/267061/stanley-g-aldridge

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 25 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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