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Alfred M L Sanders

Military

Named his A/C after LSU's mascot Mike the tiger, as he was a former track star at Louisiana State University.

Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU', Evaded. Hidden by the Belgium people, liberated in September, 1944 by the American Army.

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Completed 20 years USAF service.

Service

People

  • Thomas Zoebelein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU', Evaded (EVD). Lived with Belgian Underground from May till September 1944. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 832nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52764

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 833rd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • 42-52731 Mike- Spirit of LSU

    B-24 Liberator
    Delivered to Britain by Alfred M Sanders who named the aircraft after Louisiana State University's mascot, Mike the tiger (Mike I). The aircraft was never used by the USAAF in combat and was later transferred to RAF service.

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

  • Houssiere Wood

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born 4 March 1918
Escaped and Evaded 3 times Belgium 28 May 44 – 6 September 44

Evaded EVD. Hidden by the Belgian Armie Weiss. Flew out of northern France on last POW evac flight 6-Sep-44

Lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 1940
Enlisted Harding Field, Baton Rouge, LA 26 May 1942

Harding Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Shot down / baled out 06567 Bad Frankenhausen, Germany 28 May 1944

Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. '

Died North Oaks, MN 22 February 2017
Buried Florida Memorial Gardens Rockledge, Brevard County, FL 25 February 2017

Florida Memorial Gardens
Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida

Excavation of dog tag Deventer 2019

Alfred Sander's dog tag was uncovered in Deventer by user DMD-FINDER

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2021 20:56:44 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/143826478
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176805292/alfred-m._l.-sanders

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2021 08:01:24 Emily Changes to events
Sources

Information provided by user DMD-FINDER who found Sander's dog tag

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2021 19:55:03 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176805292/alfred-m._l.-sanders

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2021 19:39:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2021 22:49:25 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84829324/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176805292/alfred-m._l.-sanders

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2017 21:39:23 Alfred Michael Sanders Changes to highest rank
Sources

Dad was a career Air Force officer. He retired May 1962 at Moody AFB , Valdosta Georgia

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2017 21:00:42 Alfred Michael Sanders Changes to middlename, nickname, biography and events
Sources

I am Alfred Michael Sanders. I am Alfred M. L. Sanders son.

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2016 09:38:55 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

http://www.lsuart.net/newpage1.htm
Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU By David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C. C. Lockwood

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 17:56:45 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.lsuart.net/newpage1.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5390 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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