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Alex E Alford

Military

Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Calvin Bladen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Bosnavits

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Eugene Bosnavits was Tail gunner on B-17 #43-38098, shot down 12 September 1944. Killed In Action (KIA)

  • Albert Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38098.

  • Homer Duncan

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38098. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Eifried

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38098.

  • Maxwell Kattef

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Maxwell Kattef was Navigator on B-17 #43-38098, shot down 12 September 1944 over Oschersleben, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Kittleson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    James Kittleson was Pilot of B-17 #43-38098, shot down 12 September 1944 over Oschersleben, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Lamkin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38098. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 863rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-L] Debach 4/8/44. Missing in Action Magdeburg 12 September 1944 with Pilot James P. Kittleson, Co-pilot: Homer P. Duncan, Navigator: Maxwell S. Kettef, Ball turret...

Missions

  • 626

    12 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brunswick, Ohio, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 12 September 1944

in the crash of B-17 #43-38098 at Hadmersleben, 4km SE of Oschersleben, Germany

Buried 14 September 1944

at the cemetery of Hornhausen, 4km NW of Oschersleben, Germany

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

after the war, his remains were brought to Belgium. Alex Alford rests at Plot C, Row 36, Grave 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 14:20:15 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 13:45:09 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8863

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8863 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / True, http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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