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Robert S Alexander


Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

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


Units served with

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron
  • 361st Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Lived in Brooklyn, NY, USA 1940
Crashed Marshall Airfield (FRI), Fort Riley, KS 66442, USA 8 March 1943

Taxiing Accident Marshall Field, Ft Riley, Kansas Cat 3 damage, pilot F/O Robert S Alexander, 8-Mar-43.

L-3B 42-14758 - 5 Obsn, 77 Obsn

Crashed Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA 4 September 1943

Landing Accident Ground Loop Palm Springs, California Cat 3 damage, pilot F/O Robert S Alexander, 4-Sep-43.

O-52 40-2865 - 11 Tac Recon, 74 Tac Recon.

Assigned Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK November 1943 – 18 November 1943

Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 18 November 1943 – 13 February 1944

Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Lived in Brooklyn, NY 1944
Transferred Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 13 February 1944 – 1 April 1945

Transferred to 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight.

Transferred Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 1 April 1945 – September 1945

Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 10:04:34 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2019 15:50:00 Janet Fogg Changes to media associations

359th Fighter Group Association

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 11:38:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit Histories;

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 18:17:52 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:05 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list