Sergeant Glen E Alfter of the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
Crew Chief Herman Efland stands in front of B-17 42-37816 JD-S, BIG STUPE V, 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
42-37816 JD-A, BIG STUPE V, 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group. Shot down on 8th AF mission #301, 13 April 1944.
SSgt Glen E. Alfter
Shot down on 23rd mission to Schweinfurt, Germany on 13 April 1944. Captured in the village of Rambucourt, France that same day. Treated in a hospital in Nancy, France by German military doctors. Transported to Frankfurt, Germany for interrogation and later transported by prisoner train to Stalag Luft XVII in Krems, Austria. Liberated by the American Army in Bavaria, Germany in May 1945.
545th Bombardment Squadron Patch
Shot down 13 April 1944 during Schweinfurt raid in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Wounded by shrapnel along with the pilot and navigator before crash landing at Rambucourt, France. Captured and incarcerated at Stalag Luft XVII B. Liberated May 1945. Continued service in USAF until March 1973.
AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME/ WW II VM/ POW
Units served with
The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Francis (Farris) Heffley, Navigator: Lou Carini, Radio Operator: Bill Shade, Waist gunner: Ralph Gatzman...
Military site : airfield
Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...
||Dwight, Illinois, USA
||26 September 1924
||Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK
||5 December 1943
Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943, Ferris Ormond Heffley Crew. 23 combat missions.
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||13 April 1944 – May 1945
||23 November 1945
Technical Sergeant, Air Corps
||1 August 1982
Riverside National Cemetery
Plot: 1, 0, 813