Anthony A Alaimo

Military

Object Number - UPL 28387 - 2nd Lt Anthony A Alaimo 450BS, 322BG, 8AF, subsequently shot down to become POW #1514 and then post war Judge A A Alaimo. Not officially having a...

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B-26 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.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20433498 / O-791700
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bomber pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Draggin lady
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

90018 Termini Imerese PA, Italy 1920-03-29 Son of Salvatore and Santa Rochetta [Granza] Alaimo.

Enlisted

Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045, USA 1942-01-15 Selfridge Field, Mount Clemens, Michigan

Based

Andrews Field 1943-05-17 Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Ditched / Ejected form A/C

Nth Sea off Haarlem, Netherlands 1943-05-17 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.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan, Poland 1943-05-17 - 1945-01-27 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died

Sea Island, Georgia, USA 2009-12-30

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Moosberg, 37170 Solling, Germany 1945-02-02 Relocated to Stalag VIIa from where he managed to escape.

Other

Escaped captivity

Switzerland Escaped Stalag Luft VIIa traversing a number of occupied areas to get to Italy then Switzerland and freedom.
Chautauqua County, NY, USA

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