|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1916|
|Death: ||May 25, 1949|
Bert A. Alley was also a Captain and Navigator of a B-29 unit in WWII...specifically, the 468th Bomb Group - 794th + 795th Squadrons. He was in the Lt Col Henry R Sullivan crew, and initially flew in the General H. H. Arnold Special.
The Gen. H. H. Arnold Special (42-6365) was personally autographed when General Arnold, Chief, Army Air Forces visited the B-29 assembly plant at Wichita, KS. Sullivan's crew left Smoky Hill Army Air Base, Salina, KS on Thursday, April 13, 1944 en route to Gander Lake, Newfoundland. Due to severe weather, they were diverted to Presque Isle, Maine. The crew was at this base for two nights, and departed Saturday, April 15, 1944 for Gander Lake, Newfoundland. Sullivan's crew remained overnight, and departed Sunday, April 16, 1944 for Marrakech, French Morocco. This hop was the longest non-stop flight ever made in a combat airplane at that time. Bert Alley was the Navigator on this historic flight. April 17-18, 1944 (Monday-Tuesday), Sullivan and crew flew to Cairo, Egypt. Noyes reported they experienced trouble with fuel at Marrakech resulting in low power. They remained in Cairo for two days to rest. April 20-21, 1944 (Thursday-Friday) Sullivan's crew flew from Cairo, Egypt to Karachi, India. They were at Karachi for 8 days. On April 29, 1944 (Saturday), they flew from Karachi to Kharagpur, India. This was a total of 11,300 miles in 53 hours and 50 minutes. Sullivan's crew flew their first "Hump" trip on May 6, 1944 (Saturday) hauling gasoline, oil, and other supplies.
Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82923969
KANSAS CAPT 97 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II VETERAN|
Added: Jan. 3, 2012