Alexander, Charles H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Feb 25, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 9, Grave 10

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, 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  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles Hughes Alexander was born on May 21, 1921 in Kannopolis, North Carolina to John W. and Maggie White Alexander. The US Census 1930 shows the family in Township 4, Carrubus County, North Carolina while the US Census 1940 has them living in Kannapolis.

Alexander was drafted and inducted into military service at Camp Croft, South Carolina on August 13, 1942. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a textile worker.

Assigned to the Army Air Forces, he was trained as an aerial gunner. Upon completing the course, he was sent overseas to a unit in North Africa. While with this unit, he flew at least 40 missions. On February 25, 1944, he and a crew were sent to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Regensberg, Germany.

About 30 minutes from the IP, the aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down. The wing gas tanks ruptured and caught fire, all 4 engines were set ablaze, and an internal fire swept the ship from nose to tail. Observers noted several parachutes, but then the aircraft exploded.

German records state one airman was recovered from the wreckage,with no identification. He was buried the next day in Baden Kirchen. They also reported finding three other bodies in the area, one with a gunshot in the chest. These were identified as Greenwood, Frost, and Alexander. They were buried at Holzhaus.

After the war, Alexander was recovered and moved to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium where he lies in Plot C, Row 9, Grave 10.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Charles H. Alexander was assigned as waist gunner on B-17F # 42-31664, not named, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2593 covers this loss, plus German reports and observer/survivor statements appended. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt David F. Paxton  p
2 Lt Joseph R. Baughman  c-p
2 Lt Joseph J. Chapas  nav
2 Lt Frank H. Mullen  bomb
TSgt Yick W. Joe  eng/tt gun
SSgt Horace K. Greenwood  r/o
SSgt Jack C. Frost  btg
SSgt Charles H. Alexander  wg
SSgt Joe D. Tate  tail gunner
Sgt  Timothy O'Connor  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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