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Arthur E Alexander


Crashed near Detmold on 11/2/44 in B-17 #43-37888, Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37888

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR- ] Gt Ashfield 1/7/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Hyrum Keeler, Edgar Denton, Art Alexander, Glen Kraft, John Ray, Billy Walker, Bob Read, Harry...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 2 November 1944


Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 19:59:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10155 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database