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Alexander Conwell Strickland Jr

Military

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Promoted to Major with the 41st CBW and became Commanding Officer 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron
  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29944 Buzzing Bronco, Winning Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-E] Molesworth 9/6/43; secret mission to North Africa 16/8/43 ret 23/8/43; battle damaged T/Ops 6/9/43 with Jake James, Co-pilot: Howard Ness,...

  • 42-5341 'SCARLET HARLOT' aka 'VAT 69' aka 'VICIOUS VIRGIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GH-Q] Molesworth 7/2/43; severe battle damaged Bernberg 20/2/44 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Capt Dick Dubell, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Groesbeck, TX 20 December 1920

Son of Alexander Conwell Sr. and Mary Elizabeth [Henderson] Strickland.

Transferred 15 January 1945

Was promoted to Major with the 41st CBW and became Commanding Officer 545th BS/384th BG(H) on 15 Jan 1945 at Grafton Underwood, England.

Died Las Cruces, NM 19 June 2011

Alexander Conwell "Connie" Strickland. Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Alexander Conwell "Connie" Strickland, Jr. passed away on Sunday, 19 June 2011 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, surrounded by the love of his life Reba and their family.

Connie and Reba lived at The Village at Northrise for the past many years where they were loved and well cared for, and Reba will continue to live there among friends. Connie was born 20 December 1920 in Groesbeck, Texas, to Alexander Conwell Strickland, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Henderson) Strickland. His strong faith in God holds him in good stead with the Lord, and we are comforted knowing that he will be received with open arms in Heaven.

He and his father sang many duets in the various Baptist Churches that they belonged to during his life, and their singing was gloriously enhanced by the music of his mother who was a gifted pianist. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents in Texas and one daughter.

He has been entrusted to the services of Getz Funeral Home for cremation, and burial will be in the Strickland Plot of the Post Oak Cemetery near Oglesby, Texas, where the memories of Connie and four other generations will be together.

He was a wonderful father to his four children, teaching and encouraging always, and proud of their accomplishments. The example he taught of loving and respecting one's "mate" has enriched all of their lives more than words can express. His love of his five grandchildren was always evident in his joy with them during their visits and communications. His four great grandchildren and their accomplishments were something that put a smile on his face as well.

Connie began his flying career on his twenty-first birthday when he was sworn in to the Army Air Corps and then went into World War II after that. He was a highly decorated B-17 pilot during World War II stationed with the Mighty Eighth Air Force at Molesworth, England. Subsequently, he taught flying to many Air Force pilots during the Korean War in Hondo, Texas. Connie continued flying in the late 1950's in El Paso, Texas, where he was the Executive Pilot for Sam Young, Sr. and Jr. at the El Paso National Bank. He continued with the Bank after that as a Business Development Officer until his retirement.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, was a Mason and Shriner, and a charter member of several World War II historical organizations. His love of flying and airplanes as well as motorcycles never faded over these many years. His favorite hobby was watching the Dallas Cowboy football games, closely followed by building airplanes, boats, and canoes. He continued until his final days to mull over the plans and schematics to build just one more airplane. Needless to say, he will be missed by his many friends and loved ones as he takes off for this last time.

Buried Post Oak Cemetery Oglesby, Coryell County, TX 22 June 2011

Post Oak Cemetery
Oglesby,
Coryell County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2022 16:43:21 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136932626/alexander-conwell-strickland

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2022 20:02:37 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136932626/alexander-conwell-strickland

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2019 13:58:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- http://www.303rdbg.com/427strickland.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=s...

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