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Willis W Alexander


B-17G #42-39908 was attacked by fighters, fell off into a dive, burst into flames, exploded in mid-air and crashed ENE of Boxtel on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).


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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39908

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG- ] Gt Ashfield 30/11/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Fred Fulton, Co-pilot: Bill Snyder, Navigator: Chas Pomponio, tog-T/Sgt Tom Vogel, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


Event Location Date
Born Plainview, Texas, USA
Died Boxtel, Netherlands 23 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
03 October 2017 16:18:35 Lucy May Changes to media associations

Associated images from handwritten caption on reverse of print (UPL 30093).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3321 / MACR 3321, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database