ALEXANDER, William Joseph
Name: William Joseph ALEXANDER
Born 15 January 1916
Birthplace: New York, New York
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 28
Died 9 March 1990 in New York, age 74
Service ID: 32884032
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 489th Bomb Group, 845th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Station 365, Halesworth, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-24 43-95249
Date shot down: 25 June 1944
Fate of crew: 1 captured immediately, 7 evaded with FFI help but captured later (Alexander, COFFMAN, CARR, CHESSHIR, FIX, MAUK, and PECUS)
Evasion summary: Desoubrie picked up Alexander, COFFMAN, and CARR in Etrepagny atfer they left the place they were hiding. MAUK may have been with them.
Date captured: 5 August 1944
Capture summary: Betrayed by Desoubrie, arrested with CARR and COFFMAN, and perhaps MAUK.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78287
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Center Compound
Kriege ID: 8161
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, by train from Spremberg after forced winter march, 27-30 January, arriving 4 February 1945.
Notes on SVIIA internment: Forced labor, Munich Work Camps 3324 and 3368
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: Not having had his fill of adventure, he joined the New York City Police Department.