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George Nazaf Ali


George N Ali served as an automotive mechanic with the 1681st Ordnance Company at Molesworth, which bombed up the B-17s of the 303rd Bomb Group.

George grew up in Chicago with his parents, Nazaf and Bonita Ali, and his six siblings.
His father, born in Calcutta, India, had arrived in America in 1907 at Savannah, Georgia. It is likely that he first settled in New Orleans, Louisiana as this is where Nazaf's wife Bonita was from and where George's older sister Zelfa was born.

At the time of the 1930 census, George's father, Nazaf, was working as an oiler at a hotel and his language is listed as 'Hindu'.

George met Margaretta Boulter while he was stationed in the United Kingdom. She was from Newcastle, England. They were married and their first child, a daughter called Lana, was born in Chicago in January 1947. George worked as a bus driver to support his family.

In the summer of 1949 George and Lana sailed from New York to Liverpool, England, probably to visit Margaretta's parents. The address they headed for was 8 Pembroke Gardens, Northampton. Margaretta is not listed as travelling on this ship with them, but she does return with them to the United States later that year.

George died in 1991. Margaretta continued to live on in Chicago until her death in 1995.


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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...

  • 1681st Ordnance Supply & Maintenance Company

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 21 December 1918

His mother was Bonita Marietta Ali (nee Lambert). His father was Nazaf Ali.

Lived in Chicago, IL, USA January 1918 – 1991
Enlisted Illinois, USA 15 January 1942

At Camp Grant

Died 21 February 1991


Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 15:45:28 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography and events

Cook County Illinois Birth Index
Chicago Tribune Obituary Index
WWII enlistment record for George and draft registration record for Nazar Ali
1930 and 1940 census
Social Security records for George and Margaretta Ali
1949 Passenger Lists

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 10:35:23 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, events and place associations

Corrected service number from 36311635 to 36311653.
NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster