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1LT Carl A Alexander

1LT Carl A Alexander

New York, USA
Death 14 Oct 1943 (aged 21–22)
Burial Manlius, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 77214786 · View Source
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Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Alexander of 116 Academy Street, Manlius, New York.

Carl served as a First Lieutenant & Navigator on B-17F #42-37720, 367th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Onondaga County, New York prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army on March 11, 1942 in Syracuse, New York. He was noted as being employed as an Architect and as being Single, without dependents.

Carl was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was hit by enemy aircraft and exploded and crashed near Schweinfurt, Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-795166

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-37720:

Adams, Charles A ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, PA
Alexander, Carl A ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Earnest, William R ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, PA
Pulliam, Francis W ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, CA
Rasmussen, Emil O, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, OR
Riecke, Gus ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, OR
Sherrill, Walter D, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, CA
Toney, George, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Bombardier, FL
White, Douglas H ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TX

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

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News Articles submitted by:

News Articles:

Alexander, Carl. Manlius. Name appears on the Manlius Honor Roll.
"First Lt. Carl A. Alexander has been missing since the raid on Schweinfurt, Bavaria, in which 60 Flying Fortresses were lost, the war department has notified the officer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Alexander of 116 Academy st., Manlius. The telegram reached Mr. and Mrs. Alexander on the 22d birthday of their son, a navigator on a Flying Fortress stationed in England since early last January. The name of the bomber on which Lt. Alexander was serving was never mentioned in his letters to his parents. He was a graduate of Manlius high school and was a sophomore at Cortland State Teachers college when he enlisted in the air corps in January, 1942. After training at San Antonio, Tex., he was sent to the Selman Field Navigation school at Monroe, La., and was commissioned a second lieutenant at graduation. His promotion to first lieutenant was announced in a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander from England last August."

The Post-Standard, 10/18/1943. "Missing in action over Germany since Oct. 14, 1943, and now held to be dead by the war department, the will of Carl A. Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Alexander of this village (Manlius), was offered for probate in surrogate's court in Syracuse last Saturday...Murphy, Young & Parsons representing the petitioning parents, revealed that the Order of the Purple Heart has been awarded the young Manlius man posthumously. It bore the signature of President Truman. The notice from the war department that their son has been held dead following official inquiry into all of the circumstances, was received by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander last week, ending 22 months of uncertainty and a hope that he might be a prisoner of war. The official notice was accompanied by a personal letter of condolence lauding the heroism of their son and extending the appreciation of the nation for the great service rendered and of the extreme sacrifice made. The notice stated that Alexander was a member of a B-17 bomber crew whose mission was to bomb Schweinfurt. The big bomber was last seen near the target and it is assumed that it was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The official inquiry conducted after the usual lapse of one year did not produce further details. The will which bequeaths the entire estate of the testator to his mother, Mrs. Marion Alexander, was executed at a Kansas air base in March, 1943, and witnessed by three army officers. The date of death was officially stated to be Aug. 14, 1945. The value of the estate, all personal property, was not revealed,"


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77214786
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Carl A Alexander (1921–14 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77214786, citing Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, Onondaga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .