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Alfred R Lea


7 missions 6 June through 21 June 1944. Crew shot down in German occupied Poland 21 June 1944 on first England/Russia 'Mission Frantic' shuttle raid. 3 of crew taken Prisoner of War (POW), other 7 picked up by Polish Army where they served as partisan infantrymen for 40 days, then returned to allied control when the Polish regiment was ovverrun by Soviet troops. They proved to be the largest number of men from a single crew to evade capture together and return to allied control. Evaded (EVD)

Poland Cross of Valor/ Poland Home Army Cross/ Air Medal/ PH w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars/ Russia Victory Medal


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38202 BTO in the ETO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/2/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 21/6/44 with Lou Hernandez, Co-pilot: Tom Madden, Navigator: Alf Lea, Bombardier: Joe Baker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Marshfield, Wisconsin 5 February 1919

Son of George A and Sara Rice Lea.

Evaded Woroniec, Poland 21 June 1944
Died Houston, Texas 30 December 2005
Buried 3 January 2006

Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 04:19:43 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added S/N per MACR 10282 at

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 19:05:36 jmoore43 Changes to awards

Added 2 awards (PH & AM) mentioned in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 18:57:42 jmoore43 Changes to events

Obituary published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2006, found on

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2018 20:39:40 sserwatka Changes to place associations

own research

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10282 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self MACR 10282