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Albert William English


Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252610 'The Madam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Kenneth Kessenger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 42-52610 'The Madam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52610 The Madame

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick. 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3847 Notes: 52610 (466th BG) lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3847

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 Moline, Illinois 10 March 1924
Died Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944

Sgt. Albert W. English entered the service from Rock Island, Illinois. He served as a waist gunner with the United States Army Air Force in the 786th Bomber Squadron with the 466th Heavy Bomber Group. They were based out of AAF Station No. 120 near Attebridge, England.

On April 8, 1944, Sgt. English was with a squadron of B-24s that had been assigned a bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany. Sgt. English’s plane came under attack from a fighter. Sgt. English was hit by a shell which blew off one of his hands. The crew was forced to bail out of their plane that was on fire.

The Germans found three bodies among the wreckage. Two were identified as 1st Lt. Kenneth R. Kessenger, pilot, and Roland C. Boulter. The third body was missing a hand. The three fliers were buried at Neoltringhausen Cemetery on November 9th. They were later re-interred at
Ardeness American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 40, Grave 55.

Sgt. English was awarded the Purple Heart.

Buried 1945

Plot B Row 40 Grave 55
Ardennes American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
31 January 2019 20:04:10 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname and events

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 21:23:30 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3847