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Donald M Alton

Military

Alton was born in Canada of American parents and after high school worked with horses, riding in rodeos. He joined the Canadian army in 1941 and transferred to the USAAF in 1942 where - after training - he was assigned to 323rd Sqdn 91st BG at Bassingbourn. He was shot down on a mission to Frankfurt 4th October 1943 and spent the rest of the war at Stalag XVIIB until the forced march west ahead of the advancing Russians. After his discharge he returned to Canada, raised horses and ran a construction company.

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3274

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/4/43; Presque Is 15/5/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-L] Thurleigh 4/6/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 29/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/10/43 with Lloyd Schaper, Co-pilot: Ray Stephens, Navigator: Woodrow Mays,...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alberta, CANADA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 4 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 13:03:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Donald Alton.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 881 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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