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SSgt Richard J. Allee

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SSgt Richard J. Allee

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death
26 Jul 1943 (aged 20–21)
Burial
Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Memorial ID
56356845 View Source

Richard Allee, the son of Charles and Gladys Allee was born in 1922 in Indiana. He enlisted, while then a resident of St. Joseph, Indiana, in the United States Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison on June 23, 1942 "for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law."

Assigned to the 410th Bomber Squadron, 94th Bomber Group, Heavy, aboard a B-17 as a Waist Gunner, Staff Sergeant Allee, service number 15103587, was killed in action on July 26, 1943. He is buried at Plot B Row 33 Grave 34 at the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), near Liège, Belgium, having been awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

"On 26th July 1943, bombers of the 8th USAAF started from England to a mission on Hanover. Among them, a B-17 of the 94th Bomb Group with the serial number 42-30174 under the command of the pilot 2nd Lt. Robert F. Tessier. At the same time Bf 109 of the Jagdgeschwader 26 (Schlageter) started from Nordholz to "greet" the incoming Americans. Over the River Weser, the B-17 of 2nd Lt. Tessier was attacked by these fighters. The claim presumably succeed by Knight's Cross winner Hermann Staiger of the 12./JG 26. The documents shown that he claim a B-17 at 11:54 in the area north of Scharmbeck / in the estuary of the Weser River. One of the waistgunners, S/Sgt. Lester A. Beck, jumped out shortly after the attack and landed in the Weser near Nordenham. Two other crew members bailed out and were captured between Kuhstedt and Giehle in the district Rotenburg / Wuemme, before the burning bomber crash landed on the verge of a moorland between Wallhoefen and Luebberstedt. The crash site was visited by a class from a school in Heissenbuettel, the teacher noted in the Chronology, that one of the flyers, which he described as Canadians, made a casual hand movement and said: "In three months, the war is over!" The wounded were brought with a medical car from the ammunition institute initially in the hospital of the RAD-Camp Luebberstedt, later they were transferred with the severe wounded flyers (shot injuries) to the military hospital in the POW-Camp Stalag XB Sandbostel near Bremervoerde. Probably the salvage command from the air base Stade found the already in the air killed Gunner S/Sgt. Richard J. Allee. S/Sgt. Allee was clearly identified after the war, because he was first buried mistakenly as a British flyer of a Lancaster crew in Bremerhaven-Wesermuende, later he was moved to the British Becklingen War Cemetery. Today Allee rests on the American Military Cemetery Neupré in the Ardennes, Belgium, Plot B, Row 33, Grave 34."

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; U.S. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas; WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings; US Federal Census Records, 1940, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana; "Crash landing at the Heilsmoor, by Rüdiger Kahrs, Hambergen via the website: http://www.fliegerschicksale.de/fliegerschicksale/absturzorte/w/wallhoefen/260743wa_en.php.

Richard Allee, the son of Charles and Gladys Allee was born in 1922 in Indiana. He enlisted, while then a resident of St. Joseph, Indiana, in the United States Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison on June 23, 1942 "for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law."

Assigned to the 410th Bomber Squadron, 94th Bomber Group, Heavy, aboard a B-17 as a Waist Gunner, Staff Sergeant Allee, service number 15103587, was killed in action on July 26, 1943. He is buried at Plot B Row 33 Grave 34 at the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), near Liège, Belgium, having been awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

"On 26th July 1943, bombers of the 8th USAAF started from England to a mission on Hanover. Among them, a B-17 of the 94th Bomb Group with the serial number 42-30174 under the command of the pilot 2nd Lt. Robert F. Tessier. At the same time Bf 109 of the Jagdgeschwader 26 (Schlageter) started from Nordholz to "greet" the incoming Americans. Over the River Weser, the B-17 of 2nd Lt. Tessier was attacked by these fighters. The claim presumably succeed by Knight's Cross winner Hermann Staiger of the 12./JG 26. The documents shown that he claim a B-17 at 11:54 in the area north of Scharmbeck / in the estuary of the Weser River. One of the waistgunners, S/Sgt. Lester A. Beck, jumped out shortly after the attack and landed in the Weser near Nordenham. Two other crew members bailed out and were captured between Kuhstedt and Giehle in the district Rotenburg / Wuemme, before the burning bomber crash landed on the verge of a moorland between Wallhoefen and Luebberstedt. The crash site was visited by a class from a school in Heissenbuettel, the teacher noted in the Chronology, that one of the flyers, which he described as Canadians, made a casual hand movement and said: "In three months, the war is over!" The wounded were brought with a medical car from the ammunition institute initially in the hospital of the RAD-Camp Luebberstedt, later they were transferred with the severe wounded flyers (shot injuries) to the military hospital in the POW-Camp Stalag XB Sandbostel near Bremervoerde. Probably the salvage command from the air base Stade found the already in the air killed Gunner S/Sgt. Richard J. Allee. S/Sgt. Allee was clearly identified after the war, because he was first buried mistakenly as a British flyer of a Lancaster crew in Bremerhaven-Wesermuende, later he was moved to the British Becklingen War Cemetery. Today Allee rests on the American Military Cemetery Neupré in the Ardennes, Belgium, Plot B, Row 33, Grave 34."

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; U.S. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas; WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings; US Federal Census Records, 1940, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana; "Crash landing at the Heilsmoor, by Rüdiger Kahrs, Hambergen via the website: http://www.fliegerschicksale.de/fliegerschicksale/absturzorte/w/wallhoefen/260743wa_en.php.

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Entered the service from Indiana.


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  • Maintained by: Adriana
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56356845
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56356845/richard-j-allee: accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Richard J. Allee (1922–26 Jul 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56356845, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium; Maintained by Adriana (contributor 47328225).