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Alan Louis Bobrow

Military

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamm, Germany in B-17 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' 4-Feb-43; attacked by fighters, crashed in North Sea near Terschelling Island. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3557 & 4635

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Norman Andrews

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Paul Bass

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Charles Blackburn

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Edwin Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) whe shot down 4 February 1943. B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Tail Gunner. ME 110s and JU88s shot them down and the B-17 crashed into the North Sea Purple Heart, Air Medal

  • Everett Clinard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 8 Nov 1942 Wounded in Action while serving as Navigator on B-17F #41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie". Aircraft was damaged on mission to bomb the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France. Aircraft RTB but was too damaged to repair and was salvaged on...

  • Cyril Curb

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lewis Fredericks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lewis Fredricks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17 41-24544 'Pennsyvania Polka' piloted by Lt Bobrow was attacked by German fighters. The ME 110s and JU88s shot them down and the B-17 crashed into the North Sea. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • John Sanders

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F #41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Co-Pilot, Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • William Wheeler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) Air Medal, Purple Heart

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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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24544 Pennsylvania Polka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24544 "Pennsylvania Polka" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 19

    14 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens of La Pallice, France are the Primary(P) target for a combined bomber force of 21 B-17s from 91BG (14) and 306BG (7); 93BG also joins the raid with 13 B-24s. However, La Pallice is completely clouded over, so instead, the bombers attack...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philidelphia County, Pennsylvania 7 August 1917

Born the youngest of 4 to Charles and Lena B [Wofsy] Bobrow in Philadelphia, PA. Graduated from Temple University, also in Philadelphia, with a major in Journalism. He served as the manager of the Temple Owls basketball team. Married his college sweetheart, Isabelle Herman, before leaving for pilot training in the American West.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 2 September 1941

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pilot training Columbus AAF, MS April 1942

Advanced flight training - Columbus AAF, Mississippi.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 4 February 1943

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 4 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German Fighters and crashed into the North Sea.

Commemorated St. Paul's Churchyard, St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD, UK 1945

Name inscribed in the memorial book in the American Memorial Chapel, St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1945

Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 20:47:56 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/323rd1-1to3-30-43.html

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 20:40:16 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/323rd1-1to3-30-43.html

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 12:56:08 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/51295

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 11:56:16 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/544932842
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763964
https://www.fold3.com/record/6016489/alan-l-bobrow-social-security-death...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83742414/alan-l-bobrow-wwii-army-enlistment...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529899636/alan-l-bobrow-american-battle-mon...
https://www.fold3.com/record/717720588/bobrow-alan-l-defense-powmia-acco...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287886/alan-louis-bobrow

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 02:03:31 LASamuels Changes to events
Sources

I am Alan's great-niece. My mother is his youngest niece, born two months after he was shot down to his eldest sister Anne Bobrow Berg.

Thank you for remembering our uncle. It is nice to know he is remembered by more than just our family.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 19:56:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added KIA event per MACR 3557 & 4635; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data. Added crew position to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3557 / MACRs 3557 and 4635, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 72 , WWII Monument web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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