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Alexander Coxe Stokes


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD

Bremen mission; B-17 42-37838 'Fancy Nancy' 26-Nov-43; mid-air collision with B-17 42-30317, skilled piloting by Lt Dailey, led to the return of A/C and all but one crew member. RTD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Scribner Dailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37838 Fancy Nancy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 21/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; 1 ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Chester County, PA 9 October 1919

Son of William Stanley and Ruth B [Coxe] Stokes.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 17 February 1941
Based Deenethorpe November 1943 – June 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Delray Beach, FL 15 September 1997
Buried Old Saint David Church Cemetery, Wayne, PA 20 September 1997

Old Saint David Church Cemetery
Delaware County, PA


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 12:26:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 10:55:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 389

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:15 AAM AAM ingest

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