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Harry Young Aldridge

Military

Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Plantlunne aerodrome in P-47D 42-76268, hit by flak, A/C abandoned Almelo when oil pressure hit zero. Crashed near Oldenzaal. Parachute failed to open. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7512.

Service

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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-76268

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born California, USA 9 August 1920
Lived in Santa Ana, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 5 August 1942
Assigned Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 24 June 1944 – 4 August 1944

Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Oldenzaal, Netherlands 4 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Plantlunne aerodrome in P-47D 42-76268, hit by flak, A/C abandoned Almelo when oil pressure hit zero. Crashed near Oldenzaal. Parachute failed to open. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7512.

Buried Inglewood, CA, USA 1945

Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 11:47:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84994391_harry_y%20aldridge/details/
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/350th-fs/
https://www.fold3.com/image/29404586
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=135255025

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7512 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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