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Alfred E Cannon

Military

Alfred E. Cannon was born 25 Feb 1919 in Jamaica, New York. He enlisted 08 Apr 1942 and attended Basic Training at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia. After completion of Basic Training in Dec 1942, he was transferred to Navigation Pre-flight training at Selman Field, Louisiana from Jan-Mar 1943. He then was assigned to the Pan American Advanced Navigation Training under the command of the Army Air Forces Contract Flying School in Coral Gables, Florida. He completed his navigation training on 28 Jul 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on 07 Aug 1943. On 21 Aug 1943 he reported to the 2nd Air Force, 29th Bomb Group at Gowen Field, Idaho. He was then reassigned to the newly-formed 448th Bomb Group where he became the Navigator in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Gowen Field, Idaho. Crew 11 was sent to Wendover Field, Utah on 01 Sep 1943 for further stateside training. After stateside training, Crew 11 departed Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Florida on 16 Nov 1943 and arrived at Seething England the first week of Dec 1943. From 22 Dec 1943 to 19 May 1944, he completed 22 missions over northern Europe. He was promoted to 1st Lt. on 26 Mar 1944. On 19 May 1944, he was wounded in the left thumb by flak on the mission to Brunswick, Germany. On 18 Jul 1944, he flew his first mission since his injury and again sustained a flak wound to his right foot. Due to his injuries, he was he was suspended from flying on 21 Aug 1944. On 06 Sep 1944 he was transferred to from the 448th BG to Casual Pool 12th RCD. He returned to the US by ship to AAF Reception Station 1 in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 15 Oct 1944. From there he was assigned to the 2132nd AAF Base Unit at Maxwell Field, Alabama on 16 Nov 1944 as a Navigation Instructor. On 28 Dec 1944 he was assigned to the 421st AAF Base Unit at Murdoc Army Air Field in Murdoc, California. On 23 Jan 1945, he was assigned to the AAF Pre-flight School at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center in San Antonio, Texas and reported there on 23 Feb 1945. On 12 Mar 1945 he reported to Elementary Flying Training with the 2549th AAF Base Unit at Chickasha, Oklahoma for 10 weeks of training. On 26 May 1945 he reported to Perrin Field, Sherman Texas for 10 weeks of Basic Flying Training with the 2537th AAF Base Unit. On 03 Aug 1945 he reported to Enid Army Air Field in Enid, Oklahoma for 6 weeks of Advanced Pilot Training with the 2518th AAF Base Unit. On 22 Sep 1945 he was transferred from Enid Army Airfield to the AAF Separation Base, Mitchell Field, New York for processing and separation from active duty. He was transferred to the Army Air Corp Reserve on 02 Oct 1945. On 19 Nov 1945 he was separated from the Reserves. He died 04 Jul 1990 at the age of 71 and is buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida.

Service

Units served with

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28711 - Little Sheppard

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 41-28711, named, Little Sheppard, was assigned to the 712th Bomb Squadron, the 448th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force in the U.K. ...

  • 42-52132 - Boomerang

    B-24 Liberator
    The Liberator bomber, B-24H-10-FO, 42-52132, was assigned to Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, and the 448th Bomb Group, in October, 1943. It was named, Boomerang, by the crew when they arrived at the Topeka Army Air Field, Kansas, to take ownership...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 248

    5 March 1944
    The German airfields at Mont-de-Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merginac, France were the primary targets for this mission. Weather and clouds frustrate bombing attempts and formations bomb other secondary targets and targets of last resort. Mission...

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Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

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15 February 2022 02:10:00 dmccullo Changes to unit associations
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12 July 2020 01:07:16 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated Key Image for 2nd Lt Alfred E. Cannon-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

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11 July 2020 22:37:22 dmccullo Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
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Added location and aircraft connections-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020

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27 September 2014 18:03:20 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / SO#150, 6th Heavy Bomb.Proc HQ, Herington, Kansas 5 Nov 43

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