Alger, Harry R., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1942
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Harry R. Alger was born on August 17, 1911 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to Morris R. and Laura M. Alger. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in East Stroudsburg.

Alger enlisted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1940. His enlistment documents state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was working as a semi-skilled mechanic on motor vehicles.

He was trained as an aerial gunner, and then sent overseas on August 8, 1942. He was assigned to the combat crew led by Lt Maher. On November 28, 1942, the crew participated in a bombing raid on Bizerte, Tunisia.

En route to the target area, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters, and Maher's aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all aboard. There was never any bodies recovered.

Alger is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia. There is also a stone in his memory located in the Prospect Cemetery in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: The memory stone gives his rank as TSgt. All other sources state Sgt.
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Harry R. Alger was an assigned waist gunner on B-17F #41-24374, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 was issued for this loss of crew/aircraft. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is listed in various source documents as "C," "O," and "W."

There is no known photo of this crew.

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