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Alfred M L Sanders


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: WWII Victory. Air Medal


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. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb 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


  • 42-52764 'Mike' ' Spirit of LSU'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 8th AF USAAF. Named after LSU's mascot Mike the Tiger, as its regular pilot Lt Alfred Sanders was a former track star at the Louisiana State University. Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Luztkendorf,...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
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 sept 6 '44

Lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 1940
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. '


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

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

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
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

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

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