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Carl R Alexander


Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-40046. Abandoned by crew after engine trouble on no 2 &3 engines. Crashed near Lutjenhorn. 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


  • 42-40046

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/11/43; Gr Island 24/11/43; Presque Is 30/11/43; Prestwick, Scotland, UK 6/12/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR- ] Gt Ashfield 14/12/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/1/44 with Ashley Bean, Co-pilot: Floyd Whiteley, Navigator: Carl...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 4 January 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:09 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1897 / MACR 1897, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database