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Alan L Bobrow


Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Attacked by fighters. Crashed in North Sea near Terschelling Island.

Air Medal, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24544 Pennsylvania Polka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24544 "Pennsylvania Polka" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards...


  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Philidelphia County, Pennsylvania 7 August 1917

Born the youngest of 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Graduated from Temple University, also in Philadelphia, with a major in Journalism. He served as the manager of the Temple Owls basketball team. Married his college sweetheart, Isabelle Herman, before leaving for pilot training in the American West.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 4 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German Fighters and crashed into the North Sea.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Commemorated St. Paul's Churchyard, St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD, UK 1945

Name inscribed in the memorial book in the American Memorial Chapel, St. Paul's Cathedral, London.


Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 02:03:31 LASamuels Changes to events

I am Alan's great-niece. My mother is his youngest niece, born two months after he was shot down to his eldest sister Anne Bobrow Berg.

Thank you for remembering our uncle. It is nice to know he is remembered by more than just our family.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 19:56:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added KIA event per MACR 3557 & 4635; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data. Added crew position to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3557 / MACRs 3557 and 4635, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 72 , WWII Monument web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database