668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Alvin Orr Wylie

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  13170122

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 1924, Parnassus, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Entered Military Service: Date: 12-May-1943 At: Greensboro, NC From: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 13170122

Buried: Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum, Pennsylvania

On-line Memorials:
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Sgt Alvin O Wylie


Alvin O. Wylie was born in 1924,in Pennsylvania, the son of Merleand Marie (nee Yetter) Wylie.He graduated from New KensingtonHigh School in Westmoreland County,Pennsylvania, and attended collegefor a year before enlisting in theU.S. Army Air Corps, on 12 May 1943.

He was sent for training as an aerialgunner, and was assigned to the 9thAir Force; 416th Bomb Group; 668thBomb Squadron; aboard A-20 HavocLight Bomber Aircraft.

Christmas Day, 25 December 19449th Air Force; 416th Bomb Group (Light);668th Bomb SquadronA/C: A20-J15 Havoc; Serial #: 43-21717;MACR #: 11668;

On a Bombing Mission on the AhutteRailhead at Losheim, Germany,Airplane hit by enemy anti-aircraftfire (FLAK); Airplane was seenspinning straight down to theground with the left wing shotoff; one parachute seen. Planecrashed before reaching the target,near Losheim, Germany. All 4 crewmembers were Killed In Action.

Pilot: Capt. Richard B. Prentiss ~O-789200~Burlington, Chittenden County, VT

Bomb/Nav: 1Lt. Francis H. Bursiel ~O-749718~Whitman, Essex County, MA

Armorer-Gunner: SSgt. Daniel M. Brown ~35514148~Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, OH

Armorer-Gunner: Sgt. Alvin O. Wylie ~13170122~New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA

Some time after the war, Sgt. AlvinO. Wylie's remains were returned tothe U.S. and he was buried inPlum Creek Cemetery inPlum, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA

Extracted from Find A Grave.com

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

The formation leader's plane was hit by flak between the I.P. and the target. It lost the left wing and went spinning to the earth, crashing near the town of Resheim. One chute was seen. The crew consisted of Captain R.B. Prentiss, Lt F.H. Bursiel, Staff Sergeant D.M. Brown, and Sergeant A.O. Wylie. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 11668 and Mission # 177

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Will Index
The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 4 Apr 1945, Wed, Main Edition Page 2
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 18 Mar 1949, Fri Page 11
Veteran Burial Card
Veteran Burial Card
WW II Service Compensation Application
WW II Service Compensation Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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