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Alexander Donaldson

Military

Alexander Donaldson was a Waist Gunner in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. Shot down on 8th mission 10 September 1944 in B-24 #44-6095 "Fort Worth Gal". Interned at Stalag Luft IV, Gross Tychow (Tychowo) Poland. Prisoner of War (POW) #3207. "In February 1945 when Russian troops were nearing the camp, the Germans forced marched us for about 3 months, for 500 - 600 miles, then turned us over to Patton's 3rd Army near Halle, Germany on 26 April 1945." Awarded the Air Medal and the POW Medal.

Service

People

  • John Diedrich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Neibsheim on 9/10/44 in B-17 Fort Worth Gal 44-6095

  • Ernest Germano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Ernest Germano was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Pilot of B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cloyde Goody

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Cloyde Goody was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Ball Turret Gunner on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Grey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    James Grey was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Co-Pilot on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). After his return...

  • William Shelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    William Shelly was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Top Turret Gunner on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Harry Siders

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Harry Siders was the Tail Gunner on B-17 Fort Worth Gal #44-6095 on the 10 September 1944 mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Seen preparing to bail out of the Fortress before it exploded and crashed at Neibsheim, near Bruchsal, Germany.

  • Edward Spaniol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Edward Spaniol was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. He was Bombardier on board B-24 44-6095 on the 10 September 1944 mission and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). He served in...

  • Richard Tierney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Richard Tierney was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Navigator on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6095 Forth Worth Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-N] Ridgewell 26/5/44 (30missions). Missing in Action Gaggenau 10 September 1944 with Pilot Ernest Germano, Co-pilot: James M. Grey, Navigator: Richard A. Tierney,...

Missions

  • 619

    10 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 5 February 1925

Newell, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1943

Newell, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 28 January 1943

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

captured 10 September 1944

in the Neibsheim / Karlsruhe area, Germany, after the crash of B-24 44-6095

Prisoner of War (POW 10 September 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. NARA WWII POW records : “Returned to Military Control 28 March 1946 (sic)".

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2019 10:08:23 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft cards
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2015 00:28:37 stu Changes to nickname, role and media associations
Sources

Justin Sturak grandson-in-law to Alexander Donaldson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8906 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self

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