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Ottis Dee Alford

Military

Born in 1922 in Pickton, Hopkins County, Texas. Enlisted at Tyler, Smith County, Texas on 16 Oct 1942. 2 weeks til he had to report for duty. 2 years of HS, Ht:66, Wt: 121. Married before he left for the military to Miss Grace Edwards on 26 Oct 1942. After training stationed at Bury St Edmund near Rougham with the 94 bomber Group, 333 Bomber Squadron. Mission to bomb Ball Bearing factories on the Seine [Ivry] near Paris France on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4237815 'Miss Lace. AC shot down by German fighter AC and crashed in Plessis-au-Boisi NE of Belville section of Paris. Ottis was mortally wounded by German cannon fire. He was waist gunner. Ten men in crew. 5 Killed in Action (KIA) including Sgt Alford. 3 POWS, and 2 were rescued by French underground and returned to England. Ottis was buried for the war at Clicky France and was returned to his home town after the war. A French lady saw the AC go down, and saw the Germans take the bodies off the plane and she attended his funeral and wrote a letter to his mother in Texas describing what she had seen, and told mother she would look after his grave. She said she had a son in the France military. Not sure how she got the mother's address. Buried at Winterfield Cemetery, Pickton, Hopkins County, Texas. Listed on Findagrave. MACR #1124.

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-37815 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 7/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; force landed Presque Is 4/10/43 with John Perdue en route UK; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS- ] Rougham 9/10/43; Missing in Action Hamm 26/11/43 with Bill Porter, Co-pilot: Henry Pohl, Navigator: Angelo Rivera,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pickton, TX 75471, USA 18 May 1922
Enlisted Tyler, TX, USA 16 October 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Paris, France 26 November 1943
Died Paris, France 26 November 1943

Revisions

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27 September 2014 18:20:58 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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