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Albert Williamson

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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.

Service

People

  • W Kane

    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.

  • Howard Morton

    Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Pompe

    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.

  • Burt Wyman

    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. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cloquet, Minnesota 17 July 1922
Based Grafton Underwood 16 April 1944 – 28 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2018 02:22:57 bombercommand Changes to biography and media associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=6855

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2018 13:17:32 Emily Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

Information provided by Chris Wyman, nephew of Burt C Wyman, Williamson's best friend

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 18:53:36 bombercommand Changes to biography, person associations and place associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=w...

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