A Guide to the Alexander, Bill, World War II Papers, 1944-2004
The 410th Bombardment Group entered combat in May 1944 and helped to prepare for the invasion of Normandy by assaulting coastal defenses, airfields, and V-weapon sites in France. It supported the D-Day invasion in June by bombing gun positions and railway choke points. Bill Alexander served in the 410th and took part in D-Day on one of the A-20 Havoc aircraft that bombed the rail yard at Carentan on June 6, 1944.
The Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program began in the spring of 1990 as a joint project between the University of Texas and The Battle of Normandy Foundation. Its goal is to keep the memories of the Second World War alive by studying its causes, conduct, consequences, and contemporary representations, both in the classroom and in the places where the events took place.
The Alexander (Bill) World War II Papers, 1944-2004, document the participation of the 410th Bombardment Group on the D-Day Normandy Campaign and the efforts of the 410th veteran Bill Alexander to gather this documentation. The papers include photocopies of the original mission summary and flight plan, as well as different copies of the photographs taken by the bomber’s cameras showing the impact of the bombs. The papers also include Bill Alexander’s correspondence with historical and bomb group associations, an original photograph made from his A-20 Havoc on June 6, 1944, some miscellaneous booklets and flyers related to World War II and papers related to the Normandy Scholar Program.
This collection is open for research use.
Alexander (Bill) World War II Papers, 1944-2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2014.
Detailed Description of the Papers