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Alexander Chernack Military Service Portrait


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Alexander Chernack Military Service Portrait


Alexander Chernack
S/Sgt United States Army Air Corps
744th Bomb Squadron 456th Bomb Group
15th Air Force
Born; Jan 7, 1924
Died: Apr 25, 1944

Alex was a tail gunner aboard a B-24 Liberator with the 15th Air Force. He joined in February of 1943 and graduated from armament school, Lowry Field, Colorado in May 1943.

In Alex’s last letter home, at 63 Glendale Street, dated 4-23-44, he stated they were kept very busy. An earlier letter had said that he had shot down his first German fighter. He was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster on his Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in the line of duty over enemy territory.

Alex’s last mission was abombing run over Turino, Italy. The plane was heavily damaged and left the formation on the return trip, before crashing into the sea. Only three of the ten crewmen survived.

Alex had been listed as missing in action on May 15th, but a new telegram dated August 5th, indicated that he was now listed as killed in action.

The portrait is on display in the Maynard Veterans' Wall of Honor in the Soup Campbell Room, Lower Level of Maynard Town Hall




Description researched and provided by Andrew Mitzcavitch
See 2019.155

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Framed Photo 8x10

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches