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Albert R Krassman Jr

Military

Born in Colorado, Krassman enlisted in 1943 and served as ground crew with the 706th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, based at Bungay in Suffolk. He worked as a gunsight, turret and armour mechanic, referring to himself playfully as a ‘bomb-stuffer-inner’. His crucial work helped maintain the B-24s for combat missions.

Krassman painted nose art on many of the 446th Bomb Group aircraft. His subjects included scantily-clad women, cartoon characters and the plane names themselves. Such images were usual for USAAF crews who also decorated aircraft with song titles, puns and even depictions of wives or girlfriends left behind.

Service

Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-40268 Kentucky Belle

    B-24 Liberator
    The Kentucky Belle was one of the later models of B-24J bombers and was equipped with some of the best technology available to the USAF. While in operation she served in 84 missions, 80 bombing runs and 3 'truckings' or fuel runs and a supply drop.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 13:35:56 Carl Peplow Changes to service number and unit associations
Sources

personal ephemera

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 14:49:04 Lucy May Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated photos that Al Krassman took and later shared with aviation historian Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.446bg.com/

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