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SGT Stanley G Aldridge

SGT Stanley G Aldridge

California, USA
Death 11 Aug 1942 (aged 22–23)
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 2, site 176-B
Memorial ID 267061 · View Source
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Stanley served as a Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-17E #41-9098, 340th Bomber Squadron, 97th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Grayson County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 11, 1941, prior to the war, in Dallas, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on August 1, 1942.

B-17E #41-9098 took off on a navigation exercise to Burtonwood, Lancs. The weather was poor, and almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were missed, thus while continuing on their heading they crashed on the eastern side of Cadair Berwyn, Llanthawdr Mountain, Wales during the war.

B-17E #41-9098 was the first B-17 loss in Britain involving fatalities during World War II.

Stanley died in the "Line Of Duty" in this crash during the war.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on June 10, 1949.

Service # 18063167

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-17E #41-9098:

Aldridge, Stanley G ~ Sgt, Engineer, TX
Beers, Robert E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, GA
Branum, Kenneth H ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, IN
Gilbert, Henry L ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, LA
Kemp, Robert A ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Koepke, Marvin A ~ Cpl, Passenger, NE
Lepa, Stanislas ~ M/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, NH
Phillips, Leonard H ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CO
Schmitt, Lawrence G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, OH
Sidders, Wallace V ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, ID
Villarreal, Fidel A ~ Pvt, Passenger, TX

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett



Sergeant, Air Corps




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  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Stanley G Aldridge (1919–11 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 267061, citing Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .