Sears, Alexander Franklin, Capt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 628-Senior Technical Instructor
Last AFSC Group
Branch Immaterial (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1946-1951, 3545th Pilot Training Wing
Service Years
1943 - 1951
Captain

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Abilene, Texas
Last Address
Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas

Date of Passing
Oct 22, 1951
 
Location of Interment
Elmwood Memorial Park - Abilene, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: S-D B 19 (2)

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  2014, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Alexander F. Sears was born in Abilene, Texas on September 22, 1922. His parents were Claude F. and Loretta Lola Lassetter Sears. No records have been found to date concerning his early childhood and education.

He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program on February3, 1943, graduating and receiving pilot's wings and a commission as 2nd Lieutenant on December 5, 1943 at Eagle Pass, Texas. He was sent for further flight training, and then assigned to Westover AAF with the 352nd Fighter Group for combat training.

He was assigned to the 487th Fighter Squadron located at Bodney Field, England in April 1944. After check-out training in the P-51, he began flying escort and fighter sweep missions over France and Germany. During his stay with the 487th, he was credited with 5 aerial victories plus 1 enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground. Most of the time, he flew as wingman to the famed ace, Colonel John C. Meyer, Group Commanding Officer who had 24 aerial victories.

After the war, he was assigned to the 3545th Pilot Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, as a instructor pilot. He was killed in an AT-6 crash on a training flight on October 22, 1951.

 
 
   
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/121859274/alexander-franklin-sears

http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/4712

http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_sears_a_f.php 

http://americanfighteraces.org/the-aces/aces-roster/

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/390221

https://352ndfg.com/Y-29/Pilots.htm
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force487th Fighter SquadronAir Force Training Wings
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 188, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 352nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, 487th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, 352nd Fighter Group
  1946-1951, 3545th Pilot Training Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at Arlington
  1939-1943, University of Texas at Arlington
 My Aircraft/Missiles
BT-15 Valiant  PT-19 Trainer  P-51/F-51 Mustang  AT-6 Texan  
  1943-1943, BT-15 Valiant
  1943-1943, PT-19 Trainer
  1943-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang1
  1946-1951, AT-6 Texan
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