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William Ralph Alexander

Military

Assigned to 853BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. John Kenney crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabische Hall. Crashed Semmenstedt in B-24 'Ain't Bluffing' 44-40246 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8861

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Kenney

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 853BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabische Hall. Crashed Sermenstedt in B-24 'Ain't Bluffing' 44-40246 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8861 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-40246 Ain't Bluffing

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 853BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabische Hall with John Kenney crew. Hit by flak in No. 2 engine, causing A/C to collide with B-24 44-40234 'Times Awaisting'. Crashed Sermenstedt. 6 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 8861

Associated Place

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Easley, SC 29 August 1920

Son of Homer Herd and Clara Mae [Keenan] Alexander.

Enlisted Camp Croft, SC 17 September 1942

Camp Croft, South Carolina

Based Metfield 1944 – 13 September 1944

Assigned to 853BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Semmenstedt, Germany 13 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Swabische Hall. Crashed Semmenstedt in B-24 'Ain't Bluffing' 44-40246 POW MACR 8861

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 13 September 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Died 18 September 1989
Buried Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, Greenville County, SC 21 September 1989

Woodlawn Memorial Park
Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2020 17:26:28 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/record/84076524-william-r-alexander
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37319248/william-ralph-alexander

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2020 16:55:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28734774
https://www.fold3.com/image/28734770
https://www.fold3.com/record/84076524-william-r-alexander

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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