Albert Williamson

Military
media-35005.jpeg UPL 35005 Tech Sergeant Albert Williamson of the 384th Bomb Group receiving an award for completing 30 missions. Burt C Wyman collection

Image uploaded on behalf of Chris Wyman, nephew of Burt C Wyman, Williamson's best friend.

Object Number - UPL 35005 - Tech Sergeant Albert Williamson of the 384th Bomb Group receiving an award for completing 30 missions.

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.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Eleven men in Air Force uniform posed in front of a military airplane.  Six men standing to the rear, five men kneeling in front.  Large canvas bags are laying in front of kneeling men
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-707066
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
Eleven men in Air Force uniform posed in three rows in front of a military airplane parked on grass.  Five men standing to the rear and six men seated in front.  Large canvas bags are on the ground.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809869
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2044430
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

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Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: UPL 62768
  • Description: "The Trip of a Lifetime." Albert Williamson, Radio Operator/Gunner, 545th Bomb Squad, 384th Bomb Group

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

17 July 1922

Based

16 April 1944 - 28 December 1944

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Added " / " in the "Role/job" field as a separator to aid readability.

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

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384thbombgroup.com

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