Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden

Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden

Todd County, Minnesota, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56245269 · View Source
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Captain Cyril L. Alden MIA/KIA
Hometown: Minnesota
Squadron: 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group
Service #15041860
Awards:Purple Heart

Ship: SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) Liberty ship
Mission: convoy UGS 38,
Loss Date: 20-Apr-44,
Location: Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers
Fate: 32nd Photographic Squadron -5th Reconnaissance Group Casualty of the SS Hamilton
Complement: 8 Officers 39 Crew 29 Armed Guards 504 troops lost

The SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy.

On her fifth voyage the SS Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on 2 April 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy. On the evening of 20 April it was attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers of III./Kampfgeschwader 26, I. and III./Kampfgeschwader 77. One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. The crew and passengers, who included 154 officers and men of the 831st Bombardment Squadron, were all lost. Of the 580 men aboard only one body was recovered.

Captain Alden appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery Carthage, Tunisia. He also has a cenotaph memorial Calvary Cemetery Wadena Minnesota, his body was never recovered.

Captain Cyril L. Alden served in the 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group.
And was Killed in Action in/during when the ship carrying supplies and Transported him to Italy was attacked by a German Bomber (Junker Ju 88) with a guided bomb, the ship was hit and Sunk , on April 20, 1944, and he is honored with the Purple Heart.



Gravesite Details Entered the service from Minnesota.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden (3 Jul 1916–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245269, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .