13-19 SEPTEMBER 2023

Stanford, Vernon Alvice

Individual Personnel Data
Name Stanford, Vernon Alvice   
Rank Corporal / Sergeant
Serial Number 38513380   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, effective 17 July 1944.
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 1 August 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Texas
Additional Information
Perished in the crash of the Robert Harris crew on takeoff, due to engine failure.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-08-01-512 (1.074 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Harris, Robert (NMI)PilotKIA
2nd Lt. Sica, Robert JosephCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Pettine, Elmer MichaelNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Spead, Richard KennethBombardierKIA
S/SGT. Kastner, Harold (NMI)Radio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Richter, William CarlEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Susich, Nicholas AlvinBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. White, Robert HaroldTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Breslin, John FrancisFlexible GunnerTR
CPL. Stanford, Vernon AlviceFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 0 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97072 High Group Flying Spare. Took off at 1150 hrs; while in air at low altitude, a fire and/or explosion occurred causing the aircraft to crash at 1155 hrs, one mile due west of Deenethorpe, AAF Station 128. Following the crash, bomb explosions destroyed the aircraft; there were no survivors. An investigation did not pinpoint the cause of the incident.
Sortie Report

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