PFC Alfred William “Bud” Odegard

PFC Alfred William “Bud” Odegard

Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Death 7 May 1945 (aged 26)
Burial Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
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Memorial ID 56284264 · View Source
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Pvt. Alfred W. Odegard MIA/KIA
Hometown: Montana
Squadron: 566th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service # 19072135
Pilot 2/Lt. George M. Saunderson MIA/KIA

Target: Trolley Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 16630
Date Lost: 7-May-45
Serial Number: 42-100422
Aircraft Model B-24J
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: "The Falcon Returns"
Location: Engers Bridge Rhine River, near Cologne Germany.
Cause: Accident
Trolley missions were flown in early May 1945, the purpose being to provide all crew and ground personnel the opportunity to see the results of their contribution in the strategic air war against Germany. Many precautions were taken on these missions, and the most responsible and experienced pilots were chosen to fly. There were no trolley missions flown in bad weather. Despite such precautions, accidents occurred, such as this. All nineteen men aboard were killed, and only six of them were recovered, when the plane crashed into Engers Bridge on the Rhine River, near Cologne Germany.

Pvt. Odegard remains were never recovered.

Crew of 42-100422
2/Lt. George M. Saunderson Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Cornelius J. Atkins Co Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Stephen B. Curtis Navigator MIA/KIA
T/Sgt. Chester D. Conrad Radio Op. KIA
T/Sgt. John A. Kunkel MIA/KIA
T/Sgt. Gildo J. Uliana KIA
S/Sgt. Gordon H. Thomas KIA
S/Sgt. John J. Dunnings MIA/KIA
Sgt. Thomas B. Evans, Jr KIA
Sgt. Thomas B. Evans, Jr KIA
Sgt. William C. Riser MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Ruth MIA/KIA
Sgt. Abe A. Becker KIA
Corp. William K. Emery KIA
Pfc. Alfred W. Odegard MIA/KIA

*832nd Squadron, 406th Air Service Group

T/Sgt. Ronald F. Maier KIA
T/Sgt. Ronald F. Maier KIA
S/Sgt. Fredrick W. Selk MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Fredrick W. Selk MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Stanley A. Andersen MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Lilbern D. Daly MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elbert J. Ravenscraft KIA.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Montana.



  • Maintained by: tom c
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56284264
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Alfred William “Bud” Odegard (27 Nov 1918–7 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56284264, citing Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by tom c (contributor 48333128) .