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Charles O Albright

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  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30421

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/43; Kearney 14/6/43; Dow Fd 29/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 5/7/43; Missing in Action Emden 2/10/43 with Joe Felece, Co-pilot: Don Wilson, Navigator: Joe Sullivan, Bombardier: Joe Kendall, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-30640

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/8/43; on return from mission 31/12/43 with Barclay Beeby, rest unknown (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed St Mary on...

  • 42-3262 Sweetheart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 SWEETHEART; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45; also named JEANNIE and WILSON'S WILDCATS.

  • 42-5899 Sioux City Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Norman Kempton, Navigator: Stan Plytynski, Bombardier: Bill LaForce, Radio Operator:...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

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Event Location Date
Born Emmaus, Pennsylvania 12 July 1921
Enlisted Allentown, PA, USA 13 August 1942
Actions that awarded the Silver Star Paris, France 31 December 1943

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technical Sergeant Charles O. Albright (ASN: 35188657), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving as Ball Turret Gunner of a B-176 Heavy Bomber of the EIGHTH Air Force, on a bombing mission over enemy occupied Europe, 31 December 1943. During a vicious assault by enemy fighters, a 20-mm. cannon shell hit the Ball Turret, seriously wounding Sergeant Albright and rendering his guns inoperative. After being helped out of his turret, Sergeant Albright made his way to the radio compartment and immediately manned the gun of the wounded radio operator. Though suffering severe pain, he continued to fight off repeated attacks on this position. When the attacks ceased, he assisted the engineer in repairing the radio transmitter and then skillfully sent out distress signals. The gallantry, skill and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Albright were an inspiration to all flying with him and reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 59 (February 16, 1944)

Died Cumberland County, PA, USA 28 January 1998

Sentinel, The (Carlisle, PA) - Friday, January 30, 1998

Funeral services for Charles O. Albright, formerly of Carlisle, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.

He died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998 in his home in Cumberland, Md.

Born July 12, 1921 in Allentown, he was a son of the late William A. Albright and Helen Uerffer Albright Dressell, he was a retired plant supervisor for the Kimberly-Clark paper mill.

A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he received the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Purple Heart, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the EAME Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.

Buried Carlisle, PA 17013, USA 1 February 1998

Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens
Carlisle, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 22:26:47 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=45040
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-ALB02-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105702328/charles-o-albright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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