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Albert Lee Findley


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Graft on 6 Feb 45 in B-24 #42110188

He was also shot down on his first mission; his pilot, Byron Johnson, crash-landed their ship near Epernay, Champagne, France.

He lost four crewmates in the second crash, and memorialized with plaques that surround his at the San Luis Obispo County Veterans Museum in California.

He made the Air Force his career, attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, married and started a family. He and his wife, who pre-deceased him, owned an antique shop in the UK.

Al retired to Los Osos, California, was a docent at the San Luis Obispo Veterans' Museum, and was known for his consistent optimism and good humor. In terms of friends, when Al died on 28/4/2019, he was a wealthy man.

Al Findley was a key source for a book I wrote, "Central Coast Aviators in World War II." He was one of the finest men I've ever met.



  • Byron Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Graft on 6 Feb 45 in B-24 #42110188

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA 1923
Shot Down/Captured Graft, 30419 Hannover, Germany 6 February 1945
Died San Luis Obispo, California USA 28 April 2019

Albert Lee Findley died in San Luis Obispo, California, USA at age 96.



Date Contributor Update
07 May 2019 23:43:53 asfordby Changes to biography and events

From Jim Gregory, author of "Central Coast Aviators in World War II," which featured several passages on Findley's wartime career.

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 15:53:38 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12220

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 01:17:33 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations and place associations

"Attlebridge Arsenal" Brassfield & Wassom - page 142

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:09 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 12220 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database