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Alley Jr., John Symonds

Rank and Name, Capt. John Symonds Ally Jr.

Unit/Placed in, 462nd Bomb. Group.

Captain John Alley led a crew in the 462nd Bomb Group, in the China-Burma-India theater. He and four of his normal 462nd crew were assigned to temporary duty with the 2nd Air Transport Squadron, a C-109 tanker unit to haul fuel from India to Bomber Command’s advance base in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. The C-109 was a converted B-24 with limited armament and additional fuel tanks. On September 16th 1944, the plane took off from Kalaikunda, India heading for Chengdu over the Himalayan Mountains., After takeoff, the base lost contact with the airplane.

John is born approx. on Dec 7, 1915 in Coalville, Utah.


Father, John S. Alley.

Mother, Edna (MacElvry) Alley.

Wife, Edna S. (Peterson) Alley


John enlisted the service in Utah with service number # O-416370.


John ’s Crew-members and position on-board the plane a C-109 were,

Capt.            John S. Alley Jr.                Pilot

1st Lt.           John L. Miesse                  Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          Cyril L. Eutis                    Navigator

F/O.             William R. Cadugan           Engineer

S/Sgt.           Alexander Zwiercum          Radio Operator


John was KIA on the mission, they probably crashed on route to China in the mountains on Sep. 16, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


John is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the Missing.


John also has a Memorial Grave at Memory Grove Memorial

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA.


John is also mentioned at Monument to Aviation Martyrs Nanjing Memorial, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.


Thanks to http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/462nd_Bombardment_Group.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov

P.O.W. info, Wes Injerd and Dwight Rider, http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Air-Force, Rolland Swank NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org

Philippine Scouts Heritage Society,http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/   

Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org    

Hendriks Webdesign, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

462nd Bomber Group
C-109 Cargo Plane
Kalailunda Airport, India
Casualty List
John S. Alley Jr.
His rank Captain