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William H Alm


Killed in Action (KIA) in P-47D 42-22531 352FG/328FS. The aircraft either had mechanical failure or the pilot was suffering from Anoxia and crashed into the English Channel 50 miles east of the Blackwater Estuary, UK. 1 KIA MACR 562.


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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-22531

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RA 42-22531 was assigned to the 352FG/328FS at Bodney, UK On 14-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT William H. Alm, crashed into the English Channel upon return from a fighter sweep of the Knokke/Calaise area. Cause not determined. Possibly a...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-130 FIGHTER SWEEP

    14 September 1943
    A force of 126 P-47s from: 4FG, 56FG, 352FG, and 355FG are despatched on a fighter sweep over dunkirk and the Dutch Islands. 1 aircraft is damaged on take-off, hitting a tree. Pilot makes wheels up landing in a field and is OK. Aircraft repaired.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Born Allegheny County, PA, USA 1919
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 26 January 1942

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 26-Dec-42.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1943 – 14 September 1943

Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve, Essex, UK 14 September 1943

Killed in Action (KIA) when aircraft crashed into the English Channel 50 miels east of the Blackwater Esutary, UK upon return from a fighter sweep in the Knokke/Calaise area. No remains have ever been recovered.

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

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


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 09:35:30 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2015 22:54:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 6-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added KOM event and edited Summary Biography with KOM, A/C model, Unit and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE Also refe. MACR 562.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 562 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list