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Robert L Alford


POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #44-8489. Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot.

Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #44-8489.


Units served with


  • 44-8489 The Reluctant Dragon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/9/44; Hunter 25/10/44; Grenier 6/11/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-G] Snetterton 11/11/44; Missing in Action Mainz 13/1/45 with Capt Merlin Miller, Co-pilot: Roy Collier, Navigator: Warren Berg, Bombardier: Capt Bob Alford, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, Texas, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
07 January 2022 20:25:33 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 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11570 / MACR 11570; Snetterton Falcons, pg 149 / MACR 11570; Snetterton Falcons, pg 149, 222, 226 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database