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Corwin Edward Alspach

Military

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Petersen crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Charles Petersen

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538. Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37591

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Dow Fd 24/5/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 27/5/44; Missing in Action Abbeville 5/6/44 with Chas Peterson, Co-pilot: Jim Keefe, Navigator: Elmer Vishion, Bombardier: Jim Jones, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, Ohio, USA 5 February 1922

Son of Ninde Newman and Brownie Lucile [Hardin] Alspach.

Enlisted Phoenix, AZ 5 January 1943

Phoenix, Arizona

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 5 June 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died East of Hardelot, France 5 June 1944

Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. KIA MACR 538

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Saint-Avold, France
Plot D Row 9 Grave 3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 15:40:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56652202/corwin-e-alspach

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 17:59:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 15:18:59 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5383 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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