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Alfred M Union

Military

26-Jul-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F #41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Garbage."

11-Nov-42 Serving as Radio Operator of B-17F #41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS, while on a training flight, the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an RAF aircraft near Luton, UK where the pilot crash landed the aircraft. There were no injuries but that aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR). Poor weather conditions contributed to accident.

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

Participated in 3 Operations. See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24563 Garbage

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-H] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; on training flight with Arthur Adams, Co-pilot: Gene Witterstetter, Navigator: Glen Herrington, Bombardier: Mike Libonatti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lew Hart, Radio Operator:...

  • 41-24602 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters...

  • 41-24620 Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24620 'Snap, Crackle, Pop' assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Bangor 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Escoublac Forest, West of St Nazaire, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15464....

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Florida
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 26 July 1942

Assigned as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Aircraft Accident Luton, Luton, UK 11 November 1942

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS on a training mission. Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an RAF aircraft and was destroyed in a crash landing at Luton, UK. RTB OK.

Mission #1, TSGT Alfred M. Union, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24602 "Yard Bird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, TSGT Alfred M. Union, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorinet, France. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and fighter attacks and crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France west of St. Nazaire.

Mission #3, TSGT Alfred M. Union, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down and he was Killed in Action (KIA)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 02:46:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 21:03:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016 Added Mission #1 event, corrected numbering on Mission events #2 and #3 (references were OK) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:56:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/098.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:53:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:49:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Aircraft Accident event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Arthur I. Adamas crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:46:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Arthur I. Adamas crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:44:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Arthur I. Adamas crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:42:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added initial assignment and arrival info to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Arthur I. Adamas crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2015 21:39:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15464; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; Added burial event and decoration per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added crew position ot biography per MACR 15464.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15464 / MACR 15464, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs p. 46 by Bishop and Hey, Vol. 1,

href="http://303rdbg.com/rost-tuv.html#T">http://303rdbg.com/rost-tuv.html#T> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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