Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Albert E Ackerman Jr


Albert Ackerman Jr was the son of a lifelong Nebraska farmer and is listed as working as a 'laborer' at West Branch, Pawnee in the 1940 census.

During World War II Albert served as a Radio Operator on John Beach's crew of the 490th Bomb Group.

He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) when B-17 (serial number 43-38324) crashed at Zweieichen, near Opladen, Germany on 9 September 1944. He was held at Stalag Luft IV until liberated on 18 July 1945.

He returned to Pawnee, Nebraska after the war and worked as a millwright.

He died in 2005.


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 851st Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38324

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/7/44; Kearney 30/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 851BS/490BG Eye 12/8/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with John Beach, Co-pilot: John Terlecky,Tail gunner: Jim Vogtchute failed (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Stewart Biegler...


  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born Burchard, NE 68323, USA 4 October 1920

Son of Albert and Anna (Johnson) Ackerman

Lived in Pawnee County, NE, USA 1940

West Branch, Pawnee

Enlisted 13 June 1942
Married Audrey Packett 8 June 1943
Based Eye 8 September 1944
Taken as Prisoner of War Opladen, Leverkusen, Germany 9 September 1944
Lived in Omaha, NE, USA 2005
Died Omaha, NE, USA 25 May 2005

Aged 84

Buried Pawnee City Cemetery, Cemetery Loop Road, Pawnee City, NE 68420, USA


Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 15:51:20 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Adkins family tree now carries information about Albert E Ackerman Jr:

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 15:45:30 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards and place associations

POW record:

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:25:24 Lucy May Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events


Findagrave record:

Adkins family tree carries information about Albert E Ackerman Jr's parents:

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:53:58 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Combined two entries for Albert E Ackerman. This entry now contains information from the following source:
MACR 8929 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8929