Albert Williamson, known as "Willie" attended Dwight Morrow High School with his best friend Burt Wyman. After graduating in August 1941 they worked as bus boys on the cruise ship MS Kungsholm (1928 - 1941) of the Swedish American line. They went on one cruise to Havana, Cuba; Cap-Haitien, Haiti; and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Willie initially wanted to serve on a battleship but ended up being joining the Army Air Corps. He served as a radio operator and gunner with the 384th Bomb Group and flew 30 combat missions over Europe from April 27, 1944 to December 28, 1944.
In 1945, more than a year or so after Burt was killed in action, Willie made his way to Florida. There he met with his best friend’s brother, Robert or “Biff” as he was often called, and they spent some time together.
Chris Wyman, Robert's son recalls:
'After the war he and his wife would occasionally get together with my parents at school reunions and the like. Then, later on, he would write to me and send photos of Burt’s grave with flowers and cards and flags. He also sent copies of official information that he requested from the American and Canadian governments about Burt'
Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, B Pompe Crew 30 combat missions.
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
Assigned to the 384th BG, 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, Bernard J. Pompe Crew. Assigned as W F (Initials Only) Kane. He flew 29 combat missions.
Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
Assigned to the 384th BG, 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944 as crew pilot.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Wyman was killed in action on 29 January 1944 when his P-47 (Serial number 42-75119 WD-N) was shot down by enemy fighters.
Units served with
The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...
Military site : airfield
Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...
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