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Frederick D Albert


Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #423397 'Fighting Cock. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Heading back to France with #3 engine on fire. With crew in dinghies, German shore patrol fired at dingies and 7 crew members died. Kleuser crew. Lt. Albert died in a Field Ambulance Post after being shot in the water.


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3397 Fighting Cock

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5/6/43; Dow Fd 14/7/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-H] Gt Ashfield 15/7/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/12/43 with Theo Kleuser, Co-pilot: John Slater, Navigator: Fred Albert, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Hibbard, Ball turret...

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...


Event Location Date
Born New York State
Killed in Action (KIA) France 5 December 1943
Died 5 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2164 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database