Alan Louis Bobrow

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 51297 - LT Alan L. Bobrow

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamm, Germany in B-17 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' 4-Feb-43; attacked by fighters, crashed in North Sea near Terschelling Island. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3557 & 4635

Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727071
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14031786
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15071592
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39084294
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728176
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pennsylvania Polka
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Philidelphia County, Pennsylvania 1917-08-07 Born the youngest of 4 to Charles and Lena B [Wofsy] Bobrow in Philadelphia, PA. Graduated from Temple University, also in Philadelphia, with a major in Journalism. He served as the manager of the Temple Owls basketball team. Married his college sweetheart, Isabelle Herman, before leaving for pilot training in the American West.

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

North Sea 1943-02-04 Killed when aircraft was shot down by German Fighters and crashed into the North Sea.

Buried

Commemorated

Cambridge American Cemetery Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery Coton, Cambs, UK

Other

Commemorated

St. Paul's Churchyard, St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD, UK Name inscribed in the memorial book in the American Memorial Chapel, St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Based

Bassingbourn 1943-02-04 Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted

Philadelphia, PA 1941-09-02 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Other

Pilot training

Columbus AAF, MS Advanced flight training - Columbus AAF, Mississippi. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Revisions

Date22 Jul 2021 12:56:08
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Mar 2015 02:03:31
ContributorLASamuels
Sources

I am Alan's great-niece. My mother is his youngest niece, born two months after he was shot down to his eldest sister Anne Bobrow Berg.

Thank you for remembering our uncle. It is nice to know he is remembered by more than just our family.

Date27 Jan 2015 19:56:56
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added KIA event per MACR 3557 & 4635; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data. Added crew position to Biography.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:57
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3557 / MACRs 3557 and 4635, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 72 , WWII Monument web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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