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Sumner Mervin Alpert


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed at Kimbolton in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD).

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, died in a fatal crash of C-47 43-15594 in Alaska 29-Jun-55.


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Chelsea, MA 20 February 1922

Son of Michael S and Dorothy [Steinman] Alpert .

Lived in Boise, ID 1942
Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Sitkinak Island, Alaska 29 June 1955
Buried Fort Sam Houston National, TX July 1955

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio,
Bexar County, TX


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 14:38:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 13:58:20 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9363; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology pg. 130