Bader, Alvin G., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 884-Radio Observer V
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 883, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Custer County, Montana
Last Address
RAF Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot H, Row 5, Grave 16

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 883, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Alvin G. Bader was born in North Dakota on November 2, 1921. His parents were Jacob and Lydia Weller Bader. According to records, he married Lorraine Oldham at Forsythe, Montana on 31 January, 1942. She is listed on the MACR as his next of kin, with an address in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He was drafted and inducted at Butte, Montana on August 6, 1942. His enlistment record states he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), was married, and was employed in an unskilled occupation within the transportation industry.

He received training as a radio operator, and was soon deployed to England and assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron where he made 21 credited combat missions in the period 11 April 1944 and 30 June 1944. He flew mostly as a radio operator and once was utilized as a waist gunner, but he was given a special assignment. He was assigned (apparently on Detached Service) to Headquarters Squadron, 303rd Bomb for for duty as a Voice Intercept Operator.

A Voice Intercept Operator  (sometimes referred to as a "Y" or "S" operator) was a German-speaking radio operator who, with special equipment, monitored the Luftwaffe air control channels and gave advice to bomber groups. They were mostly used on Lead or Deputy Lead aircraft.

On November 2, 1944, he was assigned this duty to the Deputy Lead crew for a mission against the synthetic oil plants at Sterkrade, Germany. Just after the bombardier released all bombs over the target, the aircraft was struck by flak shells.

The #3 engine was blown away, as was part of the landing gear. Under control, but with only 3 engines, the pilot set a course for home without the formation. Over the Netherlands, the aircraft went out of control, and began nosing down. The pilot called for bail-out, and the entire crew jumped.

Witnesses on the ground (and German reports) state Bader jumped below 500 feet altitude, and his chute never opened. His body was shown to several witnesses. The remaining crew were all captured, except Lt Davis who evaded until 18 November 1944. All survivors were POWs until war's end.

Bader was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Brummen, Holland in Grave 17. After the war, his body was recovered and moved to the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland where it lies in Plot H, Row 5, Grave 16.
The Interment Control card was signed by his father, Jacob.

A monument in his memory, erected by local townspeople, was unveiled in Brummen, Holland in 1995 by Nino Guiciardi. report/266.pdf
NARA Enlistment Records
US Dept of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death Files, 1850-2010
Interment Control card (Foreign Cemeteries)



TSgt Alvin G. Bader was a Voice Intercept Operator assigned to B-17G 42-97781, named "The 8 Ball Mk III," assigned to the 359th Bomb Squadron. Sgt Bader was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group.

Missing Air Crew Report 10151 and mission loading lists show the entire crew was composed of:

1 Lt Jack T. Davis  p
2 Lt Daniel L. Kohlstedt  c-p
1 Lt Vernon M. Hellesuig  nav
F/O Nino L. Guiciardi  bom
Sgt Dave Bloom  eng/tt gun
TSgt Rex E. Lewnfield  r/o
Sgt  Richard A. Martin  btg
Sgt  Everette G. Harris  wg
Sgt  Marvin W. Brown  tail gun
TSgt Alvin G. Bader  VI

Grades and ranks as of mission date.

Because he was filling a temporary duty and assigned not with the Davis crew, no crew photographs of TSgt Bader have been located.

Service Photo Source: report/266,pdf

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