Frederick D AlbertMilitary ROLL OF HONOUR
Printed caption on reverse: 'US AIRFORCE IN GREAT DAYLIGHT OFFENSIVE ON EUROPE. The great daylight offensive on Europe continues, targets in Germany, France and Belgium being attacked by great formations of bombers and fighters from the US Army Air Force and the RAF. Photo shows: Before they take off on the great Ruhr raid- six airmen who together represent 100 operations against the Nazis.
Left to right: front row
Lieut Fred D Albert, of Bronx NY navigator;
Lieut Theodore J Kleuser, of Little Rock Arkansas, co-pilot;
Lieut Ruel Weikert, of Dayton Ohio, pilot and commander of the aircraft.
Tech. Sgt Darwin Mushrush, of Castaque, Pa; top turret gunner and engineer;
Lieut Tom Betow, of Marion, Wisconsin, bombardier.
Back row: Tech Sgt Walter Olowniuk of Detroit, Mich; radio gunner.
NC 6th November 1943. PN.' Roger Freeman Collection
Correcting spelling of Olowniuk
Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #423397 'Fighting Cock. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Heading back to France with #3 engine on fire. With crew in dinghies, German shore patrol fired at dingies and 7 crew members died. Kleuser crew. Lt. Albert died in a Field Ambulance Post after being shot in the water.
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|5 December 1943|
|New York State|
Killed in Action (KIA)
|France||5 December 1943|