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Pooler in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew

Eighth Air Force

 

—Aircraft type : B-17G serial number: 42-107207 —

 
Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker
Group mission #79 , target Oschersleben, Germany ; Focke Wolf Aircraft Assembly Plant. Between 40 to 60 fighters were encountered as the formation left the target area .This resulted in the loss of two 401st aircraft and crews, those of Lt. Carleton L. Wilson (42-97440 "Flak Rat II"), and Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer (42-107207).

Inscription.
401st BG    614th BS
Shot Down May 30, 1944
Everingin Germany
P   A L Kilmer   POW
CP   J M Hunter   POW
N   W C Griggs   POW
B   J H Wilson   POW
RO   R L Brooks  KIA
E/TT  D F Deitsch   POW
BT   E M Gormley   KIA
TG   A M Manisi    KIA
LWG R G Hicks   POW
RWG  J S Alexander  POW

 
Location. 32° 6.952′ N, 81° 14.25′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Touch for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1st Lt Harlan Leroy Cook (here, next to this marker); Members Of The Rüsselsheim Death March (here, next to this marker); 55th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); "Hard 17" (here, next to this marker); Sittin' Pretty (here, next to this marker); Crew Of Fritz Blitz (here, next to this marker); 486th Bombardment Group (H) (here, next to this marker); To The War Time Mothers of America (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pooler.
 
Regarding Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew.
Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker indicated by white arrow image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker indicated by white arrow



Excerpt 401st BG ;Remember Our Heroes-Missing Air Crew Report : 5304
Person believed to have last knowledge of missing aircraft :
George L. La Fevor 2nd Lt. 0-752001 614th
Charles K. Fidler S/Sgt. 13108273 614th
Russell E. Bilyeu Sgt. 16122333 614th
    On this operation we were flying low Squadron and only the low Squadron was hit by enemy fighters.
   The plane was hit by single engine fighters about 11:10, just after target.
   The plane flipped over on its back and went into a flat spin.
   Six chutes were seen to come out before it crashed into the ground and exploded.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
3. Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew Marker located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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