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2nd Lt. Alvin R. Hoffman - MIA

Alvin R. Hoffman
County: Renville
World War II - MIA
Date of Disappearance: November 24, 1944
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 870th Bomber Squadron, 497th Bomber Group, Very Heavy

Died while in MIA status. Killed aboard U.S. Army Air Corps Superfortress nicknamed "Lucky Irish." While on the first B-29 bombardment mission to Tokyo from the Marianas Islands, targetting the Musashino Aircraft Engine Factory, the Superfortress was shot down by enemy Ki-44 fighter and spiralled into the sea 20 miles from shore, with the loss of all 11 crew. 

Memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial. Received Purple Heart and Air Medal awards.