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Albyn Otis Bixel

Military

He arrived in the European Theatre of Operations on 5 December 1943.
While based at Cheddington he met a British girl, with whom he had a baby. Bixel's descendants believe he met her at the Old Sun pub in Ampthill, which was where she was evacuated. Bixel returned to the USA on 11 August 1945.

Service

Units served with

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 24 July 1918

Mollala, Clackamas County, Oregon

re-enlisted Fort Jackson, Columbia 6 March 1946

as a Private in the Air Corps, at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina

Buried 1998

Albyn Bixel rests at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon

Died 31 March 1998

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2019 12:57:49 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

WWII Draft Cards for Oregon
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2019 09:46:41 Emily Changes to role and biography
Sources

Information & Discharge sheet provided by Denise Stevens, Granddaughter

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2019 12:18:39 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Information provided by his Granddaughter, Denise Stevens.
Further details from :
- https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/370617/albyn-o-bixel;
- https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?s=3360&dt=893&b...

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