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Anthony A Alaimo

Military

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Rescued by a German patrol boat and became a Prisoner of War (POW). 17-May-43. MACR 15129.
After several unsuccessful attempted escapes, he ultimately succeeded and was able to traverse a number of occupied areas to get to Italy then Switzerland and finally to allied lines.

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Received a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1948 and entered the private practice of law in Atlanta, Georgia from 1948 to 1957, and in Brunswick, Georgia from 1957 to 1971. On 29-Nov-71, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Alaimo to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on 2-Dec-71, and received his commission on 9-Dec-71. He served as chief judge from 1976 to 1990, and assumed senior status on 1-Jul-91.

Service

People

  • Joseph Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Killed in Action ...

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. ...

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-18086 'Draggin lady'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to Ijmuiden, Holland. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. 17-May-43. MACR 15129.

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VIIa

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 90018 Termini Imerese PA, Italy 29 March 1920

Son of Salvatore and Santa Rochetta [Granza] Alaimo.

Lived in Chautauqua County, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045, USA 15 January 1942

Selfridge Field
Mt Clemens
Michigan

Based Andrews Field 1943 – 17 May 1943

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched / Ejected form A/C Nth Sea off Haarlem, Netherlands 17 May 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Rescued by a German patrol boat and became a POW. 17-May-43. MACR 15129.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 17 May 1943 – 27 January 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Escaped captivity Switzerland February 1944 – March 1945

Escaped Stalag Luft VIIa traversing a number of occupied areas to get to Italy then Switzerland and freedom.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosberg, 37170 Solling, Germany 2 February 1945 – February 1945

Relocated to Stalag VIIa from where he managed to escape.

Died Sea Island, Georgia, USA 30 December 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 14:54:55 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/63598141
https://www.fold3.com/page/110318123_anthony_a%20alaimo/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84355674_anthony_a%20alaimo/details/
http://www2.law.mercer.edu/lawreview/getfile.cfm?file=55418.pdf
The Sicilian Judge: Anthony Alaimo, an American Hero By Vincent Coppola
http://www.conscript-heroes.com/escapelines/SPGnumbers.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_A._Alaimo
https://web.archive.org/web/20100115123848/http://post-journal.com/page/...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 126 , MACR 15129

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