Harry William Ahlers

Military

Object Number - UPL 52924 - Harry W Ahlers

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions.

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36864214
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19207494
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33798774
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer / Top Turret
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-774043
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 36335720
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Shape
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diabolical Angel
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 27 February 1945

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

New York 21 January 1921 Son of John and Catherine [Apel] Ahlers.

Enlisted

New York City, NY 25 June 1942 New York City, New York

Died

Hopedale, Tazewell County, IL 11 February 2011

Buried

Minier Cemetery Minier, Tazewell County, IL 14 February 2011 Minier Cemetery Minier, Tazewell County, Illinois

Based

Deenethorpe Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Discharged USAAF

Honourable discharge.

Harry William Ahlers: Gallery (2 items)