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2LT Henry Clay Alexander

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2LT Henry Clay Alexander

Birth
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 20 Dec 1943 (aged 24)
Sofia, Stolichna Obshtina, Sofia-grad, Bulgaria
Burial Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 65418717 View Source
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2nd Lt USAAF WWII
S/N O-674715
376th BG, 515th B Sq

He entered the service from Los Angeles, California.

B-24J #42-73428 'Big Nig' was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the ship collided with a Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, and Renner was taken as a POW. According to the Renner family, 'the only reason he survived was due to the fire burning the harness strap that was holding him in the plane and he fell out of the plane and parachuted to the ground, he was unconscious the whole time'.
The crew members were~

2nd LT Robert W Brown, ASN O-802714, Pilot, from Lissie TX, KIA
2nd LT Florian E Laramore,Jr, ASN O-448232, CoPilot, from Evanston IL, KIA
2nd LT Jack Larsen, ASN O-685656, Navigator, from Maplewood NJ, KIA
2nd LT Henry C Alexander, ASN O-674715, Bombardier, from Los Angeles CA, KIA
TSGT Cyril F Heath, ASN 12185762, Radio Operator/Left Waist Gunner, from New York NY, KIA
TSGT Samuel Schankerman, ASN 15059233, Top Turret Gunner, from South Bend IN, KIA
SSGT Kenneth W Runyan, ASN 35565427, Right Waist Gunner, from Clinton IN, KIA
SGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Nose Turret Gunner, entered service from ND (his hometown was Hamilton MT), KIA
SSGT Eugene A Studer, ASN 37164771, Ball Turret Gunner, from Farmington MN, KIA
SSGT Robert H Renner, Tail Gunner, ASN 37469460, Tail Gunner, from Weeping Water NE, POW
The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'

---Note that Sgt Alvin Dschaak was one of four survivors of a previous crash of B-24E #42-7119 while in training.
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