Alger, Lewis Clark, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 611-Aerial Gunner (Nose Ball Tail)
Last MOS Group
Army Air Force
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF 611, 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (Heavy)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. George
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Cambridge American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lost at Sea-Tablets of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 5th Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF 611, 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (Heavy)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
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Last Known Activity
SSgt. Alger was an architectural draftsman prior to the service. He graduated in February 1939 from John H. Francis Polytechinic High School in Sun Valley area of Los Angeles, living with his mother.

He enlisted on 16 Octbober 1941 at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California.

In the ETO, SSgt. Alger had completed 15 bombing mission before the one that was to be his last.  He had arrived in England in November 1943.

He was based with the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force at RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England (USAAF Station 121).

On 4 March 1944, his aircraft, a B-17G (#42-37965 ) "My Desire", flew a bombing mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany (with original target to be Berlin, but changed due to weather conditions).  On the return flight, the aircraft was forced to ditch into the North Sea due to heavy damage causing engines to fail.

All crew members succeeded in getting out before it sank, but five members perished from exposure in the water due to the life raft's failing to inflate. According to the MACR, SSgt. Alger's mae west did not inflate; and during the attempted rescue, these five men drowned.  High seas and exposure to the elements. None of the bodies were recovered.

Those lost:
2nd Lt. Milton L. Pike, Navigator
2nd Lt. Robert Warren, Bombardier
TSgt. Edward C. White, Engineer
SSgt. Lewis C. Alger, Tail Gunner
SSgt. Darrel Moran, Ball Turret Gunner

2nd Lt. Walter M. Pickard, Pilot
2dn Lt. Smith, Copilot
SSgt. Perry E. Wofford, Waist Gunner
TSgt. Edward Crafton, Radio operator/gunner
SSgt. James Dumouchel, waist gunner

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 3222.
Note:  See fold3 for the MACR 3222 which has full details of the loss.
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