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Russell Godfrey Ahlstrom Jr




  • Thomas Casey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th. Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 487th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-27656 McKinley Jr. High

    B-25 Mitchell
    Named for McKinley Junior High School in Muncie, Indiana, whose students had raised $200,000 to "buy a bomber."

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born St. Paul, Minnesota 2 March 1921
Lived in St. Paul, Minnesota February 1942

115 Wayzata Street

Died near Gricigliana Railroad Bridge, Itay 22 June 1944

When the aircraft was hit by flak, it caught fire. Ahlstrom's parachute was in the middle of the fire. He jumped in to retrieve it and tried to kick open the escape hatch. When last observed he had not been able to open it.

Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery 3 March 1949

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Section C-24 Site 13754


Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 19:30:13 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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