|Birth: ||May 21, 1921|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1944|
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
SSGT USAAF WWII, KIA
He was the son of John Hasting Alexander and Maggie White Alexander of Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. His siblings were Floretta Maggie Alexander Foster, PFC John William Alexander, and Thomas H Alexander. He is honored by his family in their hometown cemetery plot in Kannapolis City Cemetery, SSgt Charles H Alexander next to his parents.
He enlisted in the service 13 August 1942 at Camp Croft, South Carolina. At the time he was single, had completed four years of high school, and was a textile worker in his civil life.
15th AF, 301st BG, 32nd B Sq
Based at Lucera, Italy
On a bombing mission 25 February 1944, B-17G #42-31664 departed from the air base at Foggia, Italy to a target at Regensburg, Germany. Weather was clear that day with unlimited visibility. The ship encountered enemy aircraft and was seen to break apart in the air. The plane crashed near Haarbach, south of Landshut, Germany. Several were able to bail out, however, they were captured and taken prisoner. Six men were killed from this ship. The crew members were~
2nd Lt David F Paxton, O-680284, Pilot, from Legrand CA, POW
2nd Lt Joseph R Baughman, O-751955, Co-Pilot, from Toledo/Lucas Co OH, KIA
2nd Lt Joseph J Chapas, O-747080, Navigator, from Aurora IL, POW
2nd Lt Frank H Mullen, O-735335, Bombardier, from Pawtucket RI, POW
TSgt Yick W Joe, 14130038, Flight Engineer/Gunner, from Clarksdale/Greenville MS, POW
SSgt Horace K Greenwood, 7026267, Radio Operator/Gunner, from Westminster/Carroll Co MD, KIA
SSgt Jack C Frost, 32868353, Lower Turret Gunner, from Meeker/Lincoln Co OK, KIA
SSgt Charles H Alexander, 34036654, Waist Gunner, from Kannapolis/Cabarrus Co NC, KIA
SSgt Joe D Tate, 17010267, Tail Gunner, from Linden/Cass Co TX, KIA
Sgt Timothy O'Connor, 11021804, Photographer, from Somerville/Middlesex Co MA, KIA
On this same day, six B-17s and two German twin-engined fighters crashed in the vicinity, and 58 US Airmen were either killed or taken prisoner.
Additional information is available via crash researcher Daniel in the vicinity of Landshut.
SSgt Charles H Alexander received an Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the EAMET Medal, and the Purple Heart.
John Hasting Alexander (1881 - 1951)
Maggie White Alexander (1891 - 1927)
Floretta Alexander Foster (1909 - 2003)*
John William Alexander (1916 - 1999)*
Thomas Hasting Alexander (1919 - 2011)*
Charles Hughes Alexander (1921 - 1944)
Charles Hughes Alexander (1921 - 1944)*
Note: Entered the service from North Carolina.
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Arrondissement de Liège
Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56356840