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Cleo D Aldridge


Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42-31748, Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31748

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Oklahoma City 16/1/44; Tinker 1/2/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-V] Polebrook 19/2/44; 42m Missing in Action Creil 13/7/44 with Cleo Aldridge, Co-pilot: Donovan Hart, Navigator: Stan Cressey, Bombardier: Glenn...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 19:36:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7504 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database