In Loving Memory of My Uncle
1st Lt. Harry "Dutch" N. Alexander

Purple Heart  Air Medal   


Harry Noel Alexander
on May 21, 1920 
in Miller, Nebraska

The second son and child of 
William and Ethel Alexander

Moved to Ukiah, California, in 1938

July 31, 1940, enlisted at 
Hamilton Field, Marin County.
California as a fireman.

April 5, 1941, married Alice Lucille Haas
of Ukiah at San Rafael, California.

August  10, 1943 their daughter 
Harriet L. Alexander born in San Rafael

February 8, 1944 promoted to 2nd Lieutenant
upon completion of flight school

July 27, 1944 assigned  as a co-pilot to the
566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group Heavy
Hethel Field  AAF Station 114  APO 558

A new B-24 like the one they ferried across the Atlantic when they received their orders.

"Dutch" is kneeling second from the right. Pilot 1st Lt. Robert "Tex" Hicks is to his left at the end of the row.

Hethel Field from the air 1944

Uncle Dutch sent this photograph to mother with
the note 

"The Best Crew in the E.T.O."

November 11, 1944 promoted to 1st Lieutenant

Between  August 6, 1944, and November 26, 1944, flew 21 missions.
Aircraft went down during the 21st. mission.
Four of the crew survived.

1st Lt. Harry "Dutch" N. Alexander is standing on the right

1st Lieutenant  Harry N. Alexnder is buried at  the Netherlands American Cemetery
                                                                                              Margraten, Netherlands
                                                                                              Plot H Row 18 Grave 27


Military Awards:

Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters 
       Air Medal (Front)    

These were special men in a special time.

The Crew who went down on November 26, 1944:

Pilot 1st Lt. Robert A. Hicks POW
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Harry N. Alexander KIA
Navigator - Bombardier 2nd Lt. Wayne H. Buhrmann  POW
Radio Operator Staff Sergeant Kenneth C. Wylie  KIA

Top Turrent Gunner Technical Sergeant Eugene A. Lalanze
Nose Turrent Gunner Staff Sergeant M. McCormack, Jr.  KIA
Right Waist Gunner Staff Sergeant Alfred H. Fromm  POW
Left Waist Gunner Staff Sergeant John T. Fithen  POW
Tail Turrent Gunner Technical Sergeant Richard M. Sagers  KIA
Observer Major Paull C. Garrett  KIA

Nose art of the B-24 that they were flying on November 26, 1944

God Bless all of these men who so bravely served our Nation in time of need!