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William H Altekruse


Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 813th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5909

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG with H2S radar scanner, [PC-N] Alconbury 26/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Com. P-Major Lloyd Sheppard (447BG), c-Capt Lyman Collins, Co-pilot: Jerome...


Event Location Date
Born Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 4 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 09:50:53 Lucyd Changes to middlename

Combined two entries into a single entry. Record includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3361 page 21 in HISTORY OF THE OPERATIONAL PERIOD OF THE 482nd BOMBARDMENT GROUP, D790.G482.M6, 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:34 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3361 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database