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Alan Edwin Finch

Military

35 missions from June 1944 to Decmber 1944
DFC

Service

People

  • David Coughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group

  • David Francis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 January 1945

  • Victor Herman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group

  • Elbert Hoke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Hurst

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group

  • Howard Murray

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Stroup

    Military | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group

  • John Wack

    Military | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Zumpano

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Eggstedt in B-17 43-38419

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Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron
  • 837th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38391 Hit and Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Grenier 14/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 15/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 43-38419

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/8/44; Lincoln 11/8/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/8/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Jacob Raver, Co-pilot: Deane Keifer, Navigator: Joe Zumpano, tog-David Francis, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 43-38442

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/8/44; Lincoln 16/8/44; Dow Fd 31/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 2/9/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/11/44.

  • 43-38987

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 29/10/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-8263

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Cheyenne 2/8/44; Kearney 10/8/44; Grenier 23/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 30/8/44; Missing in Action Derben 14/1/45 with Les Carter, Co-pilot: Bob Koch, Navigator: John Russell, Bombardier: Joe Rozell, Flight engineer...

  • 42-94880 Misschief

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95305

    B-24 Liberator

Missions

  • 561

    18 August 1944

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 648

    26 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 677

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

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Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, New York 29 March 1923

Born in the USA to Canadian parents

Lived in Fort Erie, ON, Canada 1940
34th BG Combat Tour Mendlesham, Stowmarket IP14, UK 18 August 1944 – December 1944

35 combat missions

Died Lexington, KY, USA 7 September 2014
Buried Nicholasville, KY 40356, USA 10 September 2014

Bluegrass Memorial Gardens
Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Kentucky

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2019 10:26:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.487thbg.org/roster/487thF.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 23:13:43 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Mission list from the official military records of Alan E. Finch provided by his widow, Dorothy Finch

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 03:08:27 466thHistorian Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Official orders for each award from the military records of Alan Finch, provided by his widow, Dorothy Finch

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 02:54:14 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Military records and information provided by Dorothy Finch, widow of Alan Finch

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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