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Alfred Asch


Alfred Asch flew in WWII and Korea. He served from Sept 1941 to April 1968. While serving as an extra pilot on the B-24D, 41-23745, Katy Bug, he sustained a collision with a tree when engine failure caused a crash landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew KIA. Aircraft too badly damaged to attempt repairs. Salvaged 27 Nov 1942.

DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal w/7 Oak Leaf Cluster, 2 Pres Unit Citations



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Units served with

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    B-24 Liberator
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Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Born Beaverton, Michigan 15 April 1920
Died 8 December 2013


Date Contributor Update
05 December 2021 11:21:17 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role and biography

Best Web - B-24 - 41-23745 - Katy Bug

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05 April 2017 08:59:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 19:29:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Edited description and made Place, Aircraft and Mission associations per 'Lossed of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey p. 47 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 197