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John L Albers

Military

Shot down 6 October 1944 in B-17 #42-97275 'Rodger, the Dodger'. Died 10/7/44, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9522

The “B” Group, Flying High Group in the 4 “B” Combat Wing, peeled off to take its position for the bomb run. A minute later, at 1207 hours, enemy fighters attacked in mass formation from the rear and above, coming out of the clouds. The first attack reduced the Group to 2 aircraft. The fighters then returned and in another mass attack, using the same tactics, shot down the remaining two. No exact information of the attack is available because no aircraft of the group returned. Estimated is that a number from 25-70 enemy aircraft, either Me-109s or FW-190s attacked the group.

SSgt Albers’ left arm was shattered by 20mm explosives from the enemy aircraft. He managed to bail out. On the ground, he was beaten and shot in the right arm by civilians. He was taken to a hospital near Perleberg, where his left arm was amputated the same evening. The next day he was transported to Neurrupin Prison Hospital, but he died of blood loss on the trip.

Silver Star, Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102684 'SWEET CHARIOT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-J] Gt Ashfield 4/5/44; 551BS; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 42-31677 THOROBRED /SATAN’S MATE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; New Castle 7/1/44; Presque Is 8/1/44; RAF Valley 16/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-Q] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Salvaged n/battle damaged with Fleisher 14/6/45. THOROBRED aka SATAN’S MATE.

  • 42-38049

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43;Gr Island 6/12/43; Presque Island 21/12/43;ass 549BS/385BG [HR-K] Gt Ashfield 16/2/44; retUS Morrison 15/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97275 Roger the Dodger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Gr Island 27/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; no ops, transferred 549BS/385BG[XA- ] Gt Ashfield 4/5/44 REBEL; 551BS; Missing in Action Munich 6/10/44 with Bill Leverett, Dick Phillips, Bob...

  • 42-97530 "Quittin' Time"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 25/1/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 43-38549 In Like Flynn

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned 385BG [ -O] Gt Ashfield 16/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6100 Miss D-Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 27/5/44; 1m Missing in Action Cologne 9/1/45 with Rifas Missing Air Crew Report 11718. MISS `D' DAY.

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Plainville, Connecticut, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 6 October 1944
Died 7 October 1944

Blood loss while en route to Nueruppin Hospital.

Buried 16 October 1944

Plot B, Row 25, Grave 16

Was originally buried in Nueruppin on the date given, but was moved sometime after the war.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2020 20:55:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 18:37:20 mvandemark Changes to place associations
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Updated from bio

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 18:34:44 mvandemark Changes to awards
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Updated from biography

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 18:21:42 mvandemark Changes to biography and events
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385th database. Wargraves database

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 18:07:41 mvandemark Changes to aircraft associations
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385th database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9522 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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