Sergeant "Joe" Walter H. Albertson , Mechanic, 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers and his wife Peggy on their wedding day.
Peggy was born in London, and during the Second World War did war work in factories and then on farms as a member of the Women’s Land Army. She fell in love with and married an American airman – Joe Albertson. After the war, she went with other ‘GI Brides’ to America. When they arrived, some hardly recognised their husbands: ‘They were in civilian clothes! We’d never seen them in that, and they looked different,’ she said. Peggy and Joe were married for over 60 years, living in both America and the UK. Joe died in 2006.
Military | Sergeant | Mechanic | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
He was an original with the group, volunteering for service the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. After completing his training at Wendover, he arrived at Thurleigh 6 Sept 1942. He left Thurleigh 28 July 1945.
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...