Alfred M. Gorham

2nd Lt. Alfred M. Gorham

November 24, 1920 – March 30, 2009

Class 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0821913 Waukesha, WI
Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group
Pilot roster listing

During high school, Alfred was an honor student and involved in the high school band. After graduating from Waukesha High School, he attended Carroll College.

Gorham joined the Army Air Force and became a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.  On July 27, 1944, 2nd Lt. Gorham shot down two German Focke-Wulf 190 Fighters over Budapest, Hungary while escorting B-24 Bombers.  On Feb. 25, 1945, he developed engine trouble and had to bail out of his P-51 Mustang over Munich, Germany.  Gorham was immediately captured by German troops and was held as a prisoner of war until the end of the war.

Class 44-B graduated from flight training on Feb 8, 1944, at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. Order unknown: Thomas P. Braswell, Robert C. Chandler, Emile G. Clifton Jr., Roger B. Gaiter, Thomas L. Gay, Cornelius P. Gould Jr., Joseph E. Gordon, Alfred M. Gorham, Richard S. Harder, Wilbur F. Long, Richard D. Macon, Frank H. Moody, Thomas G. Patton, Marion R. Rodgers, Shelby F. Westbrook, Cohen M. White, Leonard R. Willette, Kenneth I. Williams, Henry A. Wise Jr. and Ludovic F. Audant of the Haitian

After the war, 2nd Lt. Gorham returned to his hometown of Waukesha, WI and worked the next 40-plus years in the chemistry lab at AC Spark Plug in Oak Creek.

Second Lt. Alfred Gorham is identified in the Tuskegee Airmen Museum in Detroit and also at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  Gorham is the ONLY Tuskegee Airmen pilot from Wisconsin.

Gorham received the following awards: The Purple Heart, The Presidential Gold Medal as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the POW medal as a Prisoner of War and a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Gorham died in 2009 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Sources: Patch | Waukesha

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